New Hampshire anglers face a costly ban on lead fishing tackle

The New Hampshire State House Fish and Game and Marine Committee will be deliberating and voting on bill SB 89, which would ban lead in fishing tackle, on Thursday, April 25. New Hampshire was the first state to ban the use of lead sinkers and once again New Hampshire legislators are attempting to expand these unwarranted restrictions at the expense of anglers and the small tackle businesses that they support. New Hampshire anglers generate almost $210 million annually in retail sales, with a $332 million impact on the state’s economy. Fishing tackle made from alternatives to lead can be much more expensive and do not perform as well. 

If SB 89 passes, much of your tackle could become illegal and the cost of fishing in New Hampshire will be significantly greater. Contact your State Legislator or attend the Meeting in person: The Committee will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in Room 307, Legislative Office Building, 33 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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