June 15, 2020

New Jersey: CSF Submits Comments Opposing Lead Tackle Restrictions in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States & States Program Administrator

On June 8, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) submitted comments on a proposed Recreational Fishing Plan (Plan) for the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). While the Plan included some positive enhancements of recreational angling access within the Refuge, it also included a proposed ban on the use of lead fishing tackle, which CSF staunchly opposes.

As stated in CSF’s comments, “In the absence of any biologically-based evidence that lead fishing tackle is causing any negative, localized effects on Refuge wildlife, and to ensure every visitor to the Refuge who wishes to participate in fishing can do so equally with the weights of their choosing, we urge you to remove the prohibition on the use of lead fishing tackle from the final Plan.”

CSF will provide additional updates on this issue as they become available.

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