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Common Loon
Abstract: Provides information on loon migration and thier habitats in North America.
Source: Journey North
URL: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/spring2001/species/loon/Update
022201.html

Fish and Wildlife Issues Related to the Use of Lead Fishing Gear [PDF]
Abstract: Provides a broad overview on the subject of lead and its impact on wildlife and the environment, especially in relation to the use of lead fishing gear.
Source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
URL: http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/00037/wdfw00037.pdf

Fish and Wildlife Issues Related to the Use of Lead Fishing Gear [PDF]
Abstract: Provides a broad overview on the subject of lead and its impact on wildlife and the environment, especially in relation to the use of lead fishing gear.
Source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
URL: http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/00037/wdfw00037.pdf

Getting the Lead Out
Abstract: Provides information on the health effects of lead sinkers and reasons for switching to non-toxic alternatives.
Source: National Wildlife Federation
URL: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/News
-and-Views/Archives/2001/Getting-the-Lead-Out.aspx

Lead Hazards to Fish, Wildlife, and Invertebrates: A Synoptic Review
Abstract: This report summarizes available data on lead in the environment, with an emphasis on fishery and wildlife resources, and recommendations for the protection of sensitive species.
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
URL: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/5200021

Lead in Fishing Tackle
Abstract: Addresses the American Sportsfishing Association position on restrictions on lead sinkers and fishing tackle.
Source: American Sportsfishing Association
URL: http://asafishing.org/advocacy/legislative-action/lead-in-fi
shing-tackle/

Lead Poisoning of Wisconsin Birds
Abstract: Describes the effects of lead poisoning on waterfowl and birds.
Source: Wisconsin Bird Conservation
URL: http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/leadpoisoningpaper.htm

The Effect of Lead Sinkers on Waterfowl
Abstract: Describes the effects of lead sinkers and fishing gear on loons and other waterfowl.
Source: University of Vermont
URL: http://www.uvm.edu/~vlrs/doc/lead_sinkers.htm

Toxicity of Lead Shot and Sinkers [PDF]
Abstract: Discusses the health impacts on lead shot and sinkers on wildlife, including waterfowl that ingest lead sinkers and suffer from lead toxicity.
Source: Environment Canada
URL: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/CW69-1-88E.
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Five Chemicals Study - Chapter 3: Lead and Lead Compounds
Abstract: Overview of the health and environmental hazards posed by lead and lead compounds. Also has information about lead use in products, such as weights for fishing sinkers and ammunition for shooting ranges.
Source: Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Institute
URL: http://www.turi.org/About/Library/TURI_Publications/2006_Fiv
e_Chemicals_Alternatives_Assessment_Study/Final-Report/C
hapter_3._Lead_and_Lead_compounds

Lead Fishing Sinkers and Jigs: Use Prohibited
Abstract: Identifies the regulations prohibiting the sale and use of lead sinkers and jigs for fishing in New Hampshire.
Source: New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game
URL: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XVIII/211/211-13-b.
htm

Vermont Statutes Online: Conservation and Development
Abstract: Lists the regulations related to fishing in Vermont, including prohibitions on lead sinker sales and use.
Source: Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
URL: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullchapter.cfm?Title=10
&Chapter=111


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Facts about Endangered and Threatened Species [PDF]
Abstract: Provides facts about the common loon in Vermont.
Source: Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/library/Factsheets/NonGame_
and_Natural_Heritage/Common_Loon_factsheet.pdf

Lead and Lead Poisoning Effects [PDF]
Abstract: Provides simple information on the effects of lead poisoning in wildlife.
Source: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/library/factsheets/fishing/
Get_the_lead_out/Lead_and_Lead_Poisoning_Effects.pdf

Lead Fishing: Sinkers and Animals
Abstract: Lists why lead sinkers are a problem, the effects of lead on animals, and ways to protect animals and humans from lead exposure, including lead-free alternatives.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/fishshellfish/animal
s.cfm

Lead in Fishing Sinkers [PDF]
Abstract: Identifies how lead in fishing sinkers can lead to lead poisoning in children.
Source: Contra Costa Health Services
URL: http://cchealth.org/lead-poison/pdf/fishing_sinkers.pdf


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2006 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest [PDF]
Abstract: This annual handbook outlines specific information for freshwater fishing in New Hampshire. Includes new regulations, licensing information, etc.
Source: New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game
URL: http://www.wildnh.com/Fishing/Fishing_PDFs/FW_Fishing_Digest
_06.pdf

2009 Vermont Digest: Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Laws
Abstract: These links in the report provide information on regulations concerning fishing in Vermont, including restrictions on the sale and use of lead sinkers.
Source: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/lawsdigest.cfm

Maine Bass Waters [PDF]
Abstract: Provides information on fisheries management in Maine.
Source: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
URL: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/pdfs/mainebasswaters.pdf

Massachusetts Forestry Conservation Management Practices for Loons [PDF]
Abstract: Provides information on loon management practices, including information about the effects of lead sinkers on loons.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
URL: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/nhesp/regulatory-review/com
mon-loon-cmp.pdf

State of Maine Open Water Fishing Regulations
Abstract: Provides state regulations associated with fishing in Maine, including regulatory information on the sales ban for lead sinkers.
Source: Maine Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://www.eregulations.com/maine/fishing/


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Lead Sinker Law Poster [PDF]
Abstract: This poster is used to inform the public about lead sinker regulations in Vermont.
Source: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/library/factsheets/fishing/
Get_the_lead_out/Lead_Sinker_Law_Poster.pdf

Lets Get the Lead Out (New Hampshire) [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure provides facts about loons and how they are affected by lead fishing tackle.
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildife Service
URL: http://www.wildnh.com/Fishing/Fishing_PDFs/Lets_Get_the_Lead
_Out.pdf

Lets Get the Lead Out (US) [PDF]
Abstract: Describes the effects of lead poisoning on waterfowl. Also provides information on non-lead fishing gear and regulations concerning lead sinkers.
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
URL: http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/Documents/leadpoisoning2.pdf

Lets Get the Lead Out (Vermont) [PDF]
Abstract: Describes the problem with lead sinkers, how they affect loons and wildlife, and what anglers can do to protect the environment.
Source: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/library/Factsheets/Fishing/
Get_the_lead_out/Get_the_Lead_Out_Brochure.pdf

Range of Common Loon
Abstract: The map illustrates the habitat range for the Common Loon in North America.
Source: Macalester College
URL: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/images/graphics/h-l/loon_range
.gif

Waterfowl Bookmarks [PDF]
Abstract: These bookmarks provide information about how lead affects waterfowl and is a reminder about the lead sinker regulations.
Source: Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/library/factsheets/Fishing/
Get_the_lead_out/Bird_Bookmarks.pdf


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Only You Can Save Your Lake [PDF]
Abstract: Tips and information about perserving the water quality of Vermont lakes.
Source: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
URL: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/waterq/lakes/docs/lpseries/lp
_lpseries2.pdf


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An Act Relative to the Prohibition of Fishing Gear Containing Lead
Abstract: A proposed amendment to restrict the use of lead sinkers and other fishing gear that contain lead in Massachusetts.
Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
URL: http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/185/st00/st00466.htm


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ACLP Lead Sinker Exchange Project
Abstract: Describes the successful lead sinker exchange program, facilitated by the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program.
Source: Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program
URL: http://www.briloon.org/adkloon

Additional Fishing Information
Abstract: Contains information for fishing in New York, including regulatory information.
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
URL: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html

Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program
Abstract: Describes the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program in New York.
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
URL: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7173.html

All About Maine Wildlife: Loons
Abstract: Web site for children that provides information about loons in Maine.
Source: Maine Secretary of State
URL: http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/about/loon.htm

Bass Pro Shop Sporting Goods
Abstract: Provides information on the various types of fishing gear, including definitions of various tackle and their uses.
Source: Bass Pro Shop
URL: http://www.basspro.com/

Champions of Toxics Use Reduction
Abstract: Highlights a community grant that was given to a local Boy Scout for conducting a "Lead Sinker Exchange" project.
Source: Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
URL: http://www.turi.org/Our_Work/Home_Community/Community_Grants
/Library_of_Past_Projects/Lead_in_Fishing/Lead_Fishing_W
eight_Exchange

Code of Massachusetts Regulations: Fishing
Abstract: Provides a list of the Massachusetts fishing regulations, including prohibitions for using lead sinkers for fishing in the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
URL: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/laws-regulations/cm
r/321-cmr-400-fishing.html

Fishing Responsibly in New York State
Abstract: Describes actions anglers can take to ensure responsible fishing in New York.
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
URL: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9223.html

Free Non-lead Sinkers
Abstract: Identifies the locations where anglers can pick up free samples of non-lead fishing sinkers in Vermont.
Source: Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/get_the_lead_out_Main.cfm

Get the Lead Out - Vermont
Abstract: Provides links to information about lead sinkers and the environment. Also lists other helpful resources.
Source: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/Get_the_lead_out_

Get the Lead Out - Wisconsin [PDF]
Abstract: Describes health impacts to waterfowl as a result of lead sinkers in fishing gear.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/documents/fishhealth/getthel
eadout.pdf

Keep Getting the Lead Out - Its the Law
Abstract: Promotes non-lead fishing tackle and provides helpful resources.
Source: New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
URL: http://www.wildnh.com/Fishing/get_the_lead_out.htm

Lead Fishing Weight Exchange
Abstract: Provides a summary and additional links to a brochure, hand-outs, and photographs from the lead sinker exchange events.
Source: Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
URL: http://www.turi.org/Our_Work/Home_Community/Community_Grants
/Library_of_Past_Projects/Lead_in_Fishing/Lead_Fishing_W
eight_Exchange

Lead Fishing Weights and Loons
Abstract: Focuses on the problems that lead sinkers can cause for loons.
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
URL: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7908.html

Lead in Fishing
Abstract: This website provides information about lead in fishing gear and non-lead alternatives. There are also links to additional resources, such as brochures and other outreach materials.
Source: Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
URL: http://www.turi.org/Our_Work/Home_Community/Lead_in_Fishing

Lead Poisoning
Abstract: Discusses lead poisoning from the use of lead fishing gear as a mortality factor in waterfowl.
Source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12150_12220-2
6676--,00.html

Lead Sinker Disposal Options
Abstract: Describes disposal options for anglers getting rid of their lead sinkers.
Source: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/get_the_lead_out_disposal.c
fm

Lead Sinker Exchange
Abstract: Provides a list of non-lead fishing tackle suppliers where anglers can exchange their lead sinkers for non-toxic alternatives.
Source: Raptor Education Group, Inc.
URL: http://www.raptoreducationgroup.org/View_Special_Projects.cf
m?title_bar=Lead%20Sinker%20Exchange&NewsID=11

Lead Tackle Exchange Events
Abstract: Provides information on lead tackle exchange events held in Minnesota and other public education and outreach methods.
Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/living-green/living-gre
en-citizen/household-hazardous-waste/get-the-lead-out/ge
t-the-lead-out-manufacturers-and-retailers.html

Lets Get the Lead Out (Minnesota)
Abstract: This comprehensive website contains information about lead sinkers and their effects on wildlife as well as information on lead sinker alternatives and pollution prevention. It also provides links to many other resources.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/living-green/living-gre
en-citizen/household-hazardous-waste/nontoxic-tackle-let
s-get-the-lead-out.html

Lets Get the Lead Out (Minnesota)
Abstract: This comprehensive website contains information about lead sinkers and their effects on wildlife as well as information on lead sinker alternatives and pollution prevention. It also provides links to many other resources.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/living-green/living-gre
en-citizen/household-hazardous-waste/nontoxic-tackle-let
s-get-the-lead-out.html

Loon Health and Mortality
Abstract: Identifies mortality factors in loons, specifically the effects of lead poisoning from fishing gear.
Source: Tufts University
URL: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/loons/index.html

Nonlead Sinkers
Abstract: Provides photographs on non-lead sinkers and fishing gear.
Source: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/get_the_lead_out_links.cfm

Quabbin Reservoir Fishing Guide
Abstract: Provides fishing information specific to the Quabbin reservoir in Massachusetts.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
URL: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/water-res-protection/wa
tershed-mgmt/quabbin-reservoir-fishing-guide.html

Toxicology Profile: Lead
Abstract: Provides information about the toxicity of lead and its effect on the environment. Also includes links to additional lead resources.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp.asp?id=96&tid=22

Why Go Fishing
Abstract: Describes the Youth Fishing Program in Washington, designed to get children of all ages interested in fishing while teaching them about conservation.
Source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
URL: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fish-local/fishing_with_kids.html

Wild Ways: Nonlead Tackle Advantage
Abstract: Identifies benefits to using non-lead fishing tackle.
Source: New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
URL: http://www.wildnh.com/Fishing/nonlead_fish_tackle.htm

Wildlife Without Lead
Abstract: Hawk Watch International (HWI) developed this website as a research and outreach tool to reduce the amount of lead used in hunting and fishing.
Source: Hawk Watch International
URL: http://www.hawkwatch.org/educational-programs/talons-teacher
-professional-development/56-talons-lesson-plans-middle-
school-grades-7-8/296-lead-fishing-tackle-project

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