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MPCA ANNOUNCES POPULAR LEAD-FREE TACKLE EXCHANGE EVENTS

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MPCA ANNOUNCES POPULAR LEAD-FREE TACKLE EXCHANGE EVENTS

For immediate release: May 28, 2008

Contact: CoriAhna Rude-Young, 651-296-5965

Saint Paul, Minn. -- The fishing season is upon us and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources are once again partnering with retailers and others to offer 20 lead tackle exchanges across the state this summer. The annual exchange events offer anglers a chance to try the growing variety of lead-free fishing tackle.

Lead, one of the top 25 toxic chemical pollutants in Minnesota, is found in most fishing jigs and sinkers. This metal toxin has adverse effect on the nervous and reproductive systems of mammals and birds, and is poisoning wildlife such as loons and eagles.

Anglers can help keep toxic lead out of our environment by bringing lead-containing sinkers, jigs and other weights to a tackle exchange event. Depending on what anglers turn in, lead tackle is swapped for non-lead jigs, split shot, walking sinkers, bullet/worm slip sinkers and bell swivel weights in various sizes and colors. In exchange, anglers receive a variety of new, lead-free fishing tackle made of tin, bismuth, tungsten and steel.

Since 2001, the MPCA has sponsored tackle exchanges across Minnesota. The goal of these events is to educate anglers and give them the opportunity to experiment with lead-free fishing tackle. Recent research shows that if anglers try lead-free tackle they are likely to change their purchasing habits in an environmentally friendly way. There is no charge to exchange tackle.

Visit www.pca.state.mn.us/sinkers for more information about lead-free tackle and complete details on the exchange events. Exchange events across Minnesota are listed below.

-- June 12, 2 – 7 p.m., St. Paul, Joe’s Sporting Goods, 33 County Road B East

-- June 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Aitkin, Rivers and Lakes Fair, Rippleside Elementary School, 225 Second Ave. S.W.

-- June 20, 1 – 6 p.m., Hermantown, Gander Mountain, 4275 Haines Road

-- June 27, 1 – 6 p.m., Eden Prairie, Gander Mountain, 12160 Technology Drive

-- June 27, 2 – 7 p.m., Alexandria, Christopherson’s Bait, 309 Third Ave. E.

-- July 11, 2 – 7 p.m., Rochester, Gander Mountain, 3470 55th St. NW

-- July 11, 1 – 6 p.m., Grand Rapids, Rapids West End Marketplace, 1515 N.W. Fourth St.

-- July 17, 1 – 6 p.m., Marshall, Borch’s Sporting Goods, 1309 E. College Drive

-- July 19, 1 – 6 p.m., Hackensack, Swanson’s Bait and Tackle, 333 N. First St.

-- July 24, 2 – 7 p.m., Ely, Red Rock Wilderness Store, 2267 Fernberg Road

-- July 25, 1 – 6 p.m., Bemidji, Bluewater Bait and Sports, 801 Washington Ave. S.E.

-- July 31, 2 – 7 p.m., Waite Park, Scheels, 40 N. Waite Ave.

-- August 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Baxter, Gander Mountain, 14275 Edgewood Drive

-- August 7, 2 – 7 p.m., Mankato, Gander Mountain, 1940 Adams St.

-- August 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Woodbury, Gander Mountain, 10470 Hudson Road

-- August 9, 11 – 4 p.m., Mille Lacs/Isle, Father Hennepin State Park, 41294 Father Hennepin Park Road

-- August 15, 1 – 6 p.m., Fairmont, Master Sports Bait and Tackle, 1547 Albion Ave.

-- August 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grand Marais, Buck’s Hardware Hank, First Avenue West and First Street

-- August 21, 2 – 7 p.m., Blaine, Gander Mountain, 10650 Baltimore St. N.E.

-- August 23, 11 – 4 p.m., Wadena, Conservation and Wildlife Expo, Wadena County Fairgrounds, Hwy 10 W

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It’s lead-tackle exchange time again. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources are partnering with retailers to offer 20 lead tackle exchanges across the state this summer. Anglers can help keep toxic lead out of our environment by bringing lead-containing sinkers, jigs and other weights to a tackle exchange event. In exchange, anglers receive a variety of new, lead-free fishing tackle made of tin, bismuth, tungsten and steel.

The goal of these events is to educate anglers and give them the opportunity to experiment with lead-free fishing tackle. There is no charge to exchange tackle. Visit www.pca.state.mn.us/sinkers to find an exchange event near you.

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The mission of the MPCA is to work with Minnesotans to protect, conserve and improve our environment and enhance our quality of life.

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