Lead is toxic
Lead poisons loons when they swallow lead tackle that anglers lost. One-in-four loons die a slow and painful death of lead poisoning from fishing tackle.
Anglers can choose lead-free tackle when shopping for fishing tackle. Lead-free alternatives are available, and perform as well as traditional tackle.
What you can do
- Find lead-free fishing tackle in our manufacturer's directory.
- Don't throw old fishing gear into the water or shore.
- Properly dispose of old lead sinkers and jigs
- Don't put a lead sinker in your mouth. Use pliers to attach sinkers to your fishing line.
- Wash your hands after handling lead sinkers or cleaning out your tackle box.
- Spread the word. Tell your friends about the problem. Encourage them to switch to lead-free sinkers and jigs.
- Ask your favorite retailers to stock lead-free fishing tackle.
- Partner with us to host a tackle exchange in your neighborhood.
- Invite us to present at a school or community organization.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill directly affected between 600 and 1,000 common loons and indirectly affected more loons in the years after the disaster. Through a process known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment, the Deepwater Horizon Trustees assessed natural resources injuries that resulted from the 2010 oil spill and entered into a settlement agreement with BP. The MPCA was awarded $1.27 million by the Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustee Technical Implementation Group to implement the Get the Lead Out! campaign to help restore the loon population. The Gulf of Mexico is a primary wintering area for common loons from Minnesota. Learn more about Minnesota's common loon on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources web site.