Sustainability and Water Quality Are Impacted In So Many Ways – Including Your Fishing Habits!

Artificial Plastic Lures

Sustainability and Water Quality Are Impacted In So Many Ways – Including Your Fishing Habits!

Artificial Plastic Lures

In this industry, we work hard preaching sustainability, water conservation, and good stewardship. We work even harder practicing it on our jobs. That’s why when I stumbled on this data about what many of us in this industry do in our precious, little spare time, I felt compelled to share (many of you are well aware I am sure, but wow!).

Soft artificial baits are wreaking havoc in the water Your Domain Name. These baits are made soft by a plasticizer know as phthalates. In fact, some estimate half the weight of these baits is from phthalates – a cancer causing ingredient that also effects reproductive capabilities in humans.

Ok, a little hard to swallow at first (no pun intended). How can these tiny little baits cause serious damage? Have you ever walked in one of the major tackle reatilers, i.e. WalMart, Bass Pro, and seen how many of these baits they stock. Couple that with the fact most end up in the stomach of a fish or at the bottom of our lakes, streams and rivers, and the numbers get big fast. According to an estimate in Science Daily back in 08 there were 12,000 tons of them out there. Want to guess what that might be today?

A US Geological survey of the same time frame revealed phthalates were the most common contaminant in ground and surface water.

A couple of the other negatives include a fish’s inability to digestively break down these baits and they accumulate in the water to negatively impact natural habitats. If you want more Google “phthalates and artificial lures”, you will be surprised how much is out there. Seems to have subsided a bit in recent years but the states are looking at them, i.e. California banned phthalates in kids’ toys (I know – California bans everything).

I share this as an avid fisherman and an outdoor enthusiasts born and raised in this industry. I think knowing this only makes us better stewards of the environment and provides yet another opportunity learn, grow and enlighten others on topics related to our industry. And no doubt many of our industry products use these same “plasticizers” but that is beyond scope here.

Fish on!

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