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Action Needed – Loons and Lead LD 730

Monday, March 18th, 2013
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Act Now & Support LD 730, An Act to Protect Maine’s Loons
(Sponsor Sen. Anne Haskell)

We need your support! Attend a public hearing or call your legislator.
Public hearing before the Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee
Thursday, March 28th, 1 p.m., 206 Cross Building, Augusta

loon-xray-highlightFacts: Maine Audubon supports LD 730 which proposes to expand the current ban of the sale of lead sinkers to the sale and use of lead sinkers up to one ounce in weight; and to lead headed jigs up to 2.5 inches in length, which will reduce mortality and improve the chances of survival for Maine’s loons.

  • Lead poisoning from lead sinkers and jigs is the leading cause of death for adult loons in Maine.
  • Adult loons catch fish with lost or broken lead sinkers, jigs and line, or they accidentally pick up lead objects while eating gravel from lake bottoms.
  • Lead sinkers in a range of sizes continue to be a cause of death for adult loons in Maine, despite the 2002 ban on the sale of lead sinkers a half ounce or less.
  • Almost one third, 97 out of 352 loon carcasses collected from Maine’s lakes and ponds since 1987, have died from the ingestion of lead fishing tackle.
Contact your Legislator

Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife c/o Legislative Information
100 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Senate: (800) 423-6900
House (800) 423-2900
For email contact information, see the House/Senate member list.

Committee Members

  • Senator David E. Dutremble (York)
  • Chair Senator Anne M. Haskell (Cumberland)
  • Senator David C. Burns (Washington)


  • Rep. Michael A. Shaw (Standish)
  • Rep. Sheryl J. Briggs (Mexico)
  • Rep. Dale J. Crafts (Lisbon)
  • Rep. Eleanor M. Espling (New Gloucester)
  • Rep. Paul T. Davis, Sr. (Sangerville)
  • Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos (Friendship)
  • Rep. Karen Kusiak (Fairfield)
  • Rep. Timothy I. Marks (Pittston)
  • Rep. Stanley Byron Short, Jr. (Pittsfield)
  • Rep. Stephen J. Wood (Sabattus)

What can I do to help?

  • Attend the hearing on March 28 at 1:00 p.m. in room 206 of the Cross Office Building (next to the State House) in Augusta.. Call (207) 781-2330 x216 for more information.
  • Call or email members of the Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee to express your support for LD 730.

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