Tarpon were recently classified as Vulnerable to habitat loss and degradation, declines in water quality and harvest so the proactive steps are needed to protect the Boca Grande pass-Carlotte Harbor estuary where pre-spawn takes place. Vertical jigging alters the behavior and alters long-term effects on the fish populations.
The new regulations, along with making tarpon “catch and release” only in the state of Florida should decrease mortality rate and allow tarpon to get back to previous habitat patterns.
Florida joins Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire who banned jigs already, and Great Britain banned their use in 1987. In Canada it is illegal to use a lead jig in their National Parks.
Lead is toxic and needs to be recycled properly
Sold Waste Facilities will take the jigs, some recycling centers have a scrap metal collection bin or you can take the jigs to hazardous waste collection. Scrap lead metal can be recycled and you can get money for your lead. Call ahead to be sure.
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