Erin Plummer, Meredith News, Sept. 5, 2013
WMUR-TV, Channel 9, Sept. 5, 2013:
Krista Marrs, Laconia Citizen, Aug. 28, 2013
In his June 17 Portsmouth Herald column, Wayne Hooper described legislation to protect New Hampshire loons (a state-listed threatened species) from toxic lead (Pb) fishing tackle as “shortsighted” and “uninformed.” Nothing could be further from reality.
Senate Bill 89 bans the sale and freshwater use of lead fishing sinkers and jigs (hooks with a lead weight molded around them) weighing one ounce or less — by far the largest known cause of New Hampshire adult loon mortality. Decades of data gathered by the Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) show that nearly half (49 percent) of all documented New Hampshire adult loon deaths are caused by this tackle.
Attorney Sheridan Brown appeared on WMUR with Tiffany Grade, Loon Preservation Committee Squam Lakes Biologist on May 8, 2013. The two discussed loon protection efforts and NH Senate Bill 89’s provisions to remedy the inadequacy of current restrictions on lead (Pb) fishing sinkers and jigs.