Manufacturers of lead-free tackle

Ingestion of lead tackle is one of the leading causes of death in loons and other wildlife, including eagles and trumpeter swans. These deaths can easily be prevented by using lead-free fishing tackle. Ask for alternatives to lead at retailers and shops, and explore our list of companies producing lead-free fishing tackle.

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Reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list, but the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any implied uses of these data.

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.