I was wondering if there is any fishing equipment that would be save for the environment, so I thought I would see if I could find some. I came across a non-profit organization called S.A.F.E. (Sustaining Angling, Fish and Ecosystems) dose have a kit in a tackle box for $14.99. They can be purchased on line at www.greentackle.com, www.redrockwildernessstore.com and at a few local sporting goods stores in St. Paul and Ely, Minnesota, Lincoln,Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa, also the sale of these kits go to Stewardship Ethic though the non-profit group Recycled Fish. These groups are working hard to insure that fishing will be there for future generation.
Why use S.A.F.E. gear?
Fisherman are creating problems for other species who use the water ways. When we barack a line that has lead weight is lost in the water and believe it or Loons, Swans, Ducks and Geese find them and eat them. Once that happens, the foul will die from lead poisoning. Studies have shown that 25% to 50% of dead Loons is from lead poisoning. When Eagles catch fish and eat them can also inquest lead that maybe inside the fish and also die of poisoning.
Traditional soft plastic lures do not degrade and can be ingested by fish and cause a blockage that will end up killing the fish. Some 20 million pounds of plastic end up in the water supply every year due to plastic lures.
What is in the tackle box?
There are lead-free sinkers and lures, biodegradable molded lures and floats, circle hooks and cam-action single hooks.
I know that most of us do not use this type of gear and I am not saying that we should but I had not heard if there are environmental gear and I do not believe it is readly avalible in all areas.
Happy fishing and be save
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