Anglers Score Legislative Victory, Threat Remains
Assembly Member Bill Quirk (Hayward) introduced Assembly Bill 2787, legislation that would ban lead fishing weights (1 3/4 ounces or less) that can be found in most every California angler’s tackle box. Making fishing too costly and less accessible will have a devastating impact on the state’s tourism industry and communities dependent on outdoor recreation for tax revenue and jobs.
On April 24th, AB 2787, passed out (6-1) of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, but not before being amended from an outright ban of fishing weights/sinkers 50 grams or less, to a bill that will “study” the potential impacts of lead on California wildlife.
On May 25th, AB 2787 passed out of Assembly Appropriations to the Assembly Floor. The bill now directs the DFW, by March 1, 2020, to conduct a “review of existing research and data on the impacts of lead fishing tackle” on “at minimum, the environment, including wildlife, rivers, lakes and streams and potential drinking water sources.” The DFW cannot contract the study out.
While CSL appreciates the author’s willingness to amend the bill and work with the angling community, the bill has not yet earned our support. There are no specifics about the size of the lead weights in the amended study bill and that could lead to a ban of anything “toxic” in our rivers, lakes, and streams.
Anglers can claim a big victory here, but there is no question that we need to continue to communicate to legislators the importance of protecting recreational fishing’s future. Proponents of banning lead fishing tackle will not give up, even if there is no science to justify it.
Pictured: Over 5,500 anglers signed the “Stop the Fishing Tackle Petition!
AB 2787 passed out of Assembly and is now at the Senate Desk awaiting assignment.
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The Honorable Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriation
Sacramento, CA 95814
The study should be based on wildlife populations for proper evaluation of lead fishing tackle impacts.
- The process should be public. There should be public hearings where stakeholders are allowed to help shape the study.
- There are no specifics about the size of the lead weights in the amended study bill.
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Opposition Coalition: American Sportfishing Association, California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains, California Association for Recreational Fishing, California Aquaculture Association, California Chamber of Commerce, California Parks Company, California Parks Hospitality Association, California Sportfishing League, California Yacht Marinas, California Yacht Brokers Association, Coastal Conservation Association, Coastside Fishing Club Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Coyote Bait and Tackle, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Douglas Elliot, Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club, Marina Recreation Association, National Federation of Independent Business, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, Oceanside Senior Anglers, Inc., Paradise Bass Club, Safe Harbor Marinas, San Diego County Wildlife Federation, United Pier and Shore Anglers of California, Visit Mammoth Lakes, Western Boaters Safety Group,