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Bill Number H.516, prohibition against the use and sale of lead sinkers

In 2003 Vermont Legislature passed H.516, which directed the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife to design an education program to alert the public to the threat that lead fishing tackle can pose to wildlife. The bill also asked the Commissioner to provide Vermont anglers lead-free fishing sinkers in exchange for leaded sinkers. Split shot and Egg sinkers

Sec. 1 10 V.S.A. Section 4606(g):
A person shall not use a lead sinker for taking of fish in any state waters. In this section, "sinker" means any device which weighs one-half ounce or less and is attached to a fishing line for the purpose of sinking the line, and does not include other lead fishing-related items such as weighted fly line, lead-core fishing line, downrigger cannon balls, weighted flies, lures, spoons, or jig heads.

Sec. 2 10 V.S.A. Section 4614:
It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale a lead sinker in the state of Vermont. In this section, "sinker" means any device which weighs one-half ounce or less and is attached to a fishing line for the purpose of sinking the line, and does not include other lead fishing-related items such as weighted fly line, lead-core fishing line, downrigger cannon balls, weighted flies, lures, spoons, or jig heads.



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