ACLC urges anglers to trade lead fishing tackle to protect wildlife –

The lead fishing tackle program is part of a regional effort to reduce the exposure of loons to toxic lead fishing tackle. Every year, loons across the Northeast die of lead poisoning when they accidentally swallow lead sinkers or jigs that are still attached to a fish they are eating, or pick them up with rocks for their gizzards. .

“It is tragic to see loons fall victim to such an preventable death,” said Dr. Nina Schoch, executive director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. “The number of loons dying from lead poisoning has increased in recent years, but having more anglers using non-toxic tackle exclusively can reverse this trend.”

Anglers who return 1 ounce or more of lead tackle will receive a $10 voucher for new non-toxic tackle. This program will continue until all 1,100 vouchers are claimed, or November 1, whichever comes first.

“Now is a great time to clean out your tackle box and use this program to replace old lead rigs with new, non-toxic sinkers and jigs,” said Jennifer Denny, education coordinator for the Adirondack Center for Loon. Conservation. “Together, we can take lead fishing tackle out of circulation and protect the loons and other wildlife of the Adirondacks.”

The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that conducts scientific research and engaging educational programs to inspire passion and promote the conservation of Adirondack loons as an environmental sentinel. This project is funded by a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Bouchard Barge 120 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Trustees.

The Adirondack Loon Center at 75 Main in Saranac Lake is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.