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The sportfishing community commends the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for its decision to reject a sweeping petition to ban lead in all fishing tackle. The petition, which was submitted on August 3, 2010, by the Center for Biological Diversity and four other groups, requested that EPA ban all lead in all fishing tackle on all U.S. waters. The petition also included a request to ban the use of lead ammunition in the hunting and shooting sports. That part was denied on August 27 because EPA does not have the legal authority to regulate ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Opposition from anglers was strong; over 43,000 anglers sent comments requesting dismissal of the petition to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson through www.KeepAmericaFishing.org.
In dismissing the petition, EPA indicated that the “petitioners have not demonstrated that the requested rule is necessary to protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, as required by the TSCA.” EPA also cited state-specific actions and the increasing education and outreach activities being undertaken, stating that those actions “…call into question whether a national ban on lead in fishing gear would be the least burdensome, adequately protective approach to address the concern, as called for under TSCA.”
Representatives of a coalition of sport fishing and wildlife federation groups Monday night said they want to see commercial trap net fishing in part of Lake Michigan closed in the summer.Don't stifle the business because sport fishermen aren't willing to educate themselves about where the traps are located and take appropriate precautions, Two Rivers' Mike Le Clair and Steve Kulpa responded.
Manistee County is using its rivers, streams, inland lakes and Lake Michigan to become “a global destination.” Explore the Shores is a series of places throughout the county that provide hands-on opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to learn about water stewardship and explore nature.
The vision of Explore the Shores is to make Manistee County the world’s premier destination for water-related activities. The plan is to develop 50 places by 2020 that will provide universal access and attract 1 million new visitors to rivers, streams and lakes.