Squam Speaker Series: Environment & Community Research to Help Reduce the Impacts of Lead Fishing Tackle in New Hampshire

Squam Speaker Series: Environment & Community Research to Help Reduce the Impacts of Lead Fishing Tackle in New Hampshire
Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 7pm-8pm

In over two decades, significant attention has been directed towards examining and addressing the impacts of lead fishing tackle in the environment by those interested in protecting the health of humans, wildlife, and ecosystems; some of which are state agencies that manage fish and wildlife resources, local non-profit conservation and environmental research organizations, and most importantly, the angling community.

The topic of lead in the environment from fishing tackle has been hotly debated among stakeholders in New Hampshire. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the social dynamics surrounding this issue to inform the creation of more effective outreach and education strategies for project partners that will encourage community members to do their part in reducing the use of lead tackle in New Hampshire’s freshwater environments.

This talk will address the barriers and benefits of purchasing and using lead substitutes within the angling community for a more in-depth approach to advancing campaign strategies used by project partners. Some of these strategies aim to help anglers dispose of unwanted lead tackle and switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives such as stainless steel and tungsten tackle. This summer the Squam Lakes Association has helped engage community members by hosting a lead free bass fishing tournament and supplying non-lead tackle for participants to test out.

This strategy will support the NH Senate Bill 89 legislative efforts (effective June 1, 2016), which aims to ban the sale and freshwater use of lead sinkers and lead jigs weighing one ounce or less. The three-year phase in period gives anglers time to engage in voluntary behavioral change to eliminate their use and purchase of lead tackle, and comply with the SB89 ban to alleviate the impacts of lead in our environment.

Melissa Leszek is a graduate student at Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment, M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy,

This free program will take place at the SLA Resource Center, 534 Route 3, Holderness. All are welcome. For more information call (603) 968-7336.

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