Interior Secretary reverses lead fishing tackle ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal ban on lead fishing tackle, imposed by Pres. Barack Obama just before he left office in January, was reversed on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s first day in office, it was announced March 2.

Zinke, who was confirmed as Interior Secretary on March 1, also issued an order promoting conservation, habitat management and access to outdoor recreational opportunities.

Both orders, according to a statement issued by the department, would expand access to public lands for fishing and other recreational activities.

“Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy. Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity,” Zinke said in a statement. “This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.”

Secretarial Order No. 3346 overturns Obama’s ban on lead fishing tackle used on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters. Zinke’s office stated the ban was reversed to highlight “the need for additional review and consultation with local stakeholders.”

Conservation stewardship, game and habitat management and access to outdoor recreation opportunities were themes of Secretarial Order No. 3347.

Federal bureaus and agencies would, according to the department, be directed to “immediately identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded.”

“The order also requests input from the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council and Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council to provide recommendations on enhancing and expanding access on public lands and improving habitat for fish and wildlife,” Department of the Interior staff stated.

Members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, American Recreation Council, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Mule Deer Foundation, American Sportfishing Association and National Marine Manufacturers Association, among others, joined Zinke in his announcement of both orders.

California Sportfishing League Executive Director Marko Mlikotin issued a statement favoring the lead fishing tackle ban reversal, saying California’s anglers welcomed the decision.

“At a time when fishing participation rates in California are declining at an unacceptable rate, California anglers welcome the Trump Administration’s order to repeal a ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle,” Mlikotin said, adding the timing of Obama’s ban did not allow for public review of his decision.

Zinke, most recently a House of Representatives member from Montana, was nominated by then President-Elect Donald J. Trump to head the Department of Interior in December 2016.

(Department of Interior photo)

15 thoughts on “Interior Secretary reverses lead fishing tackle ban

  • March 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm
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    How about not have to have a fishing license after 75 years old in any state no matter where you live.

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    • March 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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      Excellent idea. I’m 80 and can’t afford a fishing license for just a couple days a year.

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  • March 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm
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    Now he needs to look into the National Hawaii Monument that Obama put in place that effects hundred if not thousands of commercial and sport fishermen. He also need to look at the West coast Monuments that have similair effects.

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  • March 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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    I am pleased with the reversal regarding lead for economic and unproven allegations are concerned.
    I believe the fishing advocacy groups have been infiltrated with anti Fishing extremists . Fisherman’s rights have been undercut by environmental support of state regulations that have the effect of restricting hunting and fishing through conversion of public lands to conservancies including the MLPA zones that have yet to prove beneficial to habitats for marine life.

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    • March 2, 2017 at 6:16 pm
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      How does NOT USING LEAD lead to anti fishing…and if you ingest lead, I can guarantee that the results will have proven allegations. Ask the people of Flint, Mi. How arrogant and foolish. I fish more days than most do and not using lead has had NO negative impact on my catch…but very likely had a great impact on the environment ornament. Get real here.

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    • March 3, 2017 at 6:10 am
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      Unproven allegations? Lead is so incredibly toxic to wildlife and waterfowl- and duck hunter who knows what he/she is talking about will tell you this.

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    • March 2, 2017 at 6:19 pm
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      Would it inconvenience you in any way to NOT use lead?

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      • March 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm
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        If you knew what it costs, ya.

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  • March 2, 2017 at 5:08 pm
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    Good news! I have lots of sinkers I can now use!

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    • March 2, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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      Can you live with that? Shame on you.

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      • March 4, 2017 at 8:54 am
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        The restrictions on lead are so restrictive that the last remaining smelter of lead in the USA closed down that leaves the great supper power of the world without a way to process lead ore wether you like it or not the world runs on batteries the lead Scare is way over blown lots of fishermen like to make there own Jigs and sinkers there is lots of scrap available to use not much non lead alternative just for your information all those tree huggers sailing in boats larger than 25 ft will all most always have lead keels 1500 Lbs and up that leach lead into the water ways

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  • March 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm
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    Finally, a real president with a brain, business logic and pragmatism; And the best pick of staffers I’ve ever seen since FDR, who was in my opinion the best president we’ve had in modern times. I think most Republicans would vote for him today.

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