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How Mercury & Lead Get Into Wildlife

Fishing Regulations Vermont Freshwater Fishing

What can you do to help?

  • Use nonlead fishing tackle.
  • Spread the word. Tell other anglers about the problem and encourage them to switch to nonlead alternatives.
  • Remove lead sinkers and jigs from your tackle box.
  • Remove spent fishing line and other materials from Vermont waters and shorelines to reduce entanglement, another major cause
    of loon deaths.
  • Maintain a respectful distance from loons
    and other wild animals. Use binoculars to
    get a great view.
  • Support continuing loon and other nongame wildlife conservation efforts by donating to the Vermont Nongame Wildlife Fund on your Vermont income tax form or by purchasing Vermont Conservation license plates for your vehicle.

Preventing Human Lead Exposure From Fishing Sinkers

  • Switch to sinkers that do not contain lead. Alternatives to lead sinkers are made of steel, bismuth, tungsten, resin, and glass.
  • Wash hands with soap after holding or using
    lead sinkers.
  • Never put lead sinkers in your mouth or allow young children to handle lead sinkers or put them in their mouths.
  • If you suspect lead poisoning in your child or yourself, call the Vermont Department of Health, Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at (800) 439-8550 or (802) 863-7220.