Vilas County, WI Support of Ban on Fishing Tackle Containing Lead

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Vilas County, WI, US

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Type: Resolution

Status: Adopted on 3/20/07

Vote: Unanimous

Source File:


RESOLUTION 2007 - 37
Re: Statewide Ban of Fishing Tackle Containing Lead

WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin contains over 15,000 lakes, miles of streams and rivers, and millions of acres of wetlands; and

WHEREAS, these waterways provide wildlife habitat and human recreational opportunities; and

WHEREAS, fishing and hunting is an important recreational and economic resource; and

WHEREAS, these waterways provide wildlife habitat for bald eagles, osprey, loons, waterfowl and other aquatic birds; and

WHEREAS, lead in the form of sinkers, jigs and other types of fishing tackle is now known to be lethal to ducks, loons, eagles, osprey and other aquatic birds; and

WHEREAS, lead fishing tackle ingestion is known to have injured or killed eagles, osprey and loons in Vilas County and elsewhere in Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, many tackle companies are now producing non-lead sinkers and jigs, and these lead-free products are available to local tackle supply stores throughout Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, other jurisdictions have recognized this hazard and have enacted laws banning certain types of lead fishing tackle (see attached summary of lead fishing tackle laws).

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Vilas County Board of Supervisors in session this 20th day of March, 2007 that we request the State of Wisconsin to adopt regulations that phase out the sale and use of lead fishing tackle on the lakes, streams and rivers of Wisconsin.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Vilas County Clerk send a copy of this resolution to our State legislators and the Vilas County Lakes Association.