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Act Now to Protect Maine’s Loons: Call your Representative and Senator Today!

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
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loon-xray-highlightAn amended version of LD 730: An Act to Protect Maine Loons by Banning Lead Sinkers and Jigs will be coming up for a final vote in the Maine House and Senate in the next few days. We need your help to move this legislation forward so that we can protect Maine loons from lead poisoning.

How can I help?

Contact your local representative and senator and ask them to vote in support of the majority ought to pass as amended report on LD 730 An Act to Protect Maine Loons by Banning Lead Sinkers and Jigs. If you would like to share details, please refer to the fats below.

Call now!

  • Senate: (800) 423-6900
  • House: (800) 423-2900

Unsure of your local legislators? Look them up!

The Facts

The amended version of LD 730 will ban the use and sale of lead sinkers up to one ounce in weight and bare lead headed jigs up to two and a half inches in length. Passage of this bill will reduce loon mortality and improve the long-term sustainability of our adult loon population.

  • Lead poisoning from lead jigs and sinkers is the leading cause of death of adult loons in Maine. It is responsible for almost one-third of the documented mortality over the past 25 years.
  • Adult loons catch fish with lost or broken lead jigs and sinkers or they accidentally pick up lead objects while eating gravel from lake bottoms.
  • Once ingested, lead objects quickly dissolve in loon gizzards, which elevates lead levels in blood and tissues and causes death in as little as two weeks.
  • Lead-free alternatives are available.