Dan­gers of lead re­lease

Angling Times (UK) - - TACKLE NEWS -

I FEEL very strongly about the se­ri­ous is­sue of the lead re­lease sys­tem used by spec­i­men carp an­glers.

I be­lieve it is a great dan­ger to fish­eries and their stocks. I re­cently watched two an­glers on a full runs wa­ter catch 32 carp, re­leas­ing all the leads in the wa­ter.

Shop-bought leads are non-toxic, but many an­glers I have spo­ken to say they are too ex­pen­sive to keep los­ing, and so they make their own from melted­down scrap lead.

I have spo­ken to the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and it says it can­not act, and that it is a mat­ter for the venue own­ers to ad­dress.

I’d like to ap­peal to ev­ery reader to think about the po­ten­tial dam­age they are caus­ing be­fore de­posit­ing leads. P Whit­tle, St He­lens

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