Protecting Loons from Lead Poisoning

July 8, 2023

On June 20th, Gov. Janet Mills signed LD 958, the bill to expand protections for loons from lead poisoning, into law. This legislation phases out the use and sale of small-sized painted lead jigs. Loons ingest a great deal of fishing tackle that is either left behind, or that is in fish they consume. Death by lead is horrific and avoidable. This law closes a loophole in Maine’s lead fishing tackle laws. 

Surprise Loon by Jennifer Lummis

This article was included in 30 Mile’s July 2023 newsletter. To view the full newsletter, click here.

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