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Do lead fishing sinkers threaten the environment?
However, lead is known to cause lead poisoning and enter the environment as a result of the inevitable occasional loss of fishing sinkers during routine fishing. Thus, most lead-based fishing sinkers have been outlawed in the United Kingdom (under 1 oz weight), Canada, and some states in the United States. Lead based fishing sinkers are banned in all of US and Canadian National Parks. These bans have motivated the use of various other materials in sinkers.
Why is lead used in fishing sinkers?
A lead fishing sinker is a weight used to force a lure or bait to sink sometimes to the bottom of the waterway. Sinkers are made of lead, since the material is inexpensive to produce and mold into a large variety of shapes for specific fishing applications.
Are fishing sinkers pure lead?
Unless you are casting bullets or balls for Muzzle loaders you don’t necessarily want pure lead. Used wheel weights from the tire shops are closer to what you want for pistol or medium velocity rifle bullets. Fishing sinkers can be pure lead or anything that the caster had available, there is no need for any special lead for sinkers.