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Lead poisoning a real problem in area lakes

Letter to the Editor
My diagnostic prediction on lead poisoning in our lakes came true prior to that of the environment claims that lead shot gun pellets were killing off our water fowl.
According to a Warroad radio station poisoning is killing off our Loons. The State of Minnesota is considering banning all lead substances in fishing equipment.
During the past decade lead toxicity has led to steady calls from scientists, environmental groups and animal rights activists to ban its use in fishing products.
They have already been successful at having lead shot banned for waterfowl, now politicians on both sides of the border have heard the noise about lead fishing products.
This issue was debated in the House of Commons as well as our Ministry of Natural Resources.
The potential for a lead fishing product ban is real and the industry is anticipating it.
Northland, one of North Americas leading Jig producers are fully aware of this, and are taking steps to prepare for the change.
In the U.S. concerns over the effect lead fishing tackle is having on Loons led Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Wisconsin and Minnesota on discussing regulation action while overseas Great Britain and Denmark have banned it.
In Canada the federal government banned the use of lead fishing sinkers and jigs in National Wildlife areas and parks in 1997. On its website, Fish Lead-Free Environment states that 5.5 million people fish in Canada every year with an estimated 500 tonnes of lead in the form of jigs and sinkers that are lost every year. That is a staggering amount of lead in the bottom of our lakes, rivers and streams.
These concerns are wide spread in parts of North America, Great Britain and Europe but everyone however is convinced lead poisoning is a problem in Ontario.
Greg Forrant, government relations manager of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) says they are against the ban on lead tackle.
At one time I believed that the Pelicans and Cormorants were responsible for our Northern Pike declines, but it could possibly be from the usage of lead material as well.
–Michael Baranowski
Nestor Falls, Ontario

Foot Note
By the way, I have just learned that to keep the Cormorant numbers down from its vast population increase, they are spraying the eggs that supposedly suffocates the embryo. Another step in the right direction to save our fisheries.