Tuesday, August 2, 2022

ACLC invites anglers to exchange lead fishing tackle to protect wildlife

Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation invites New York anglers to exchange their lead fishing tackle for $10 worth of non-toxic tackle through its Lead Tackle Buy-Back Program. Anglers can trade in their lead sinkers and jigs this summer and fall by bringing them to any of the eleven participating retailers around the Adirondack Park, including:

·        Blue Line Sports in Saranac Lake
·        Cloud-Splitter Outfitters in Newcomb
·        Crossroads in Chestertown
·        Fish307.com in Lake George
·        Hoss’s Country Corner in Long Lake
·        Norm’s Bait & Tackle in Crown Point
·        Old Forge Hardware
·        Pine’s Country Store in Indian Lake
·        Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake
·        The Red Top Inn in Tupper Lake
·        Woods and Waters in Saranac Lake


The Lead Tackle Buy-Back Program is part of a regional effort to reduce the exposure of loons to toxic lead fishing tackle. Each year, loons throughout the Northeast die of lead poisoning when they accidentally swallow lead sinkers or jigs that are still attached to a fish they eat, or scoop them up with stones for their gizzard.
“It is tragic to see loons fall victim to a death that is so preventable,” said Dr. Nina Schoch, Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. “The number of loons that die due to lead poisoning has been increasing in recent years, but having more anglers using non-toxic tackle exclusively can reverse this trend.”
Anglers who turn in 1 ounce or more of lead tackle will receive a $10 voucher for new non-toxic tackle. This program will continue until all 1,100 vouchers are claimed, or November 1, whichever comes first.
“It’s a great time to clean out your tackle box and use this program to replace old lead tackle with new non-toxic sinkers and jigs,” said Jennifer Denny, Education Coordinator for the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. “Together we can remove lead fishing tackle from circulation, and protect loons and other Adirondack wildlife.”
The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that conducts scientific research and engaging educational programming to inspire passion for and promote the conservation of Adirondack loons as an environmental sentinel. This project is funded through a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Bouchard Barge 120 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Trustees.
To learn more about the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, visit www.adkloon.org or www.facebook.com/adkloon, or contact the Adirondack Loon Center at info@adkloon.org or (518) 354-8636.
The Adirondack Loon Center at 75 Main in Saranac Lake is open from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. every day.
Photo at top: Common Loon holding a fish in its beak. Photo provided by Jennifer Denny, Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation Communications/Education Coordinator.

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