By a unanimous vote of 5-0, the New Hampshire Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has recommended Senate Bill 89 for passage by the full Senate. Thank you to all who contacted Senate Committee members to support SB89 through this first stage of its passage.
The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) and NH Lakes Association (NH LAKES) are working together in support of this bill, which would protect our state's loon population by increasing existing restrictions on the use and sale of toxic lead fishing tackle to ban sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less--still the largest known cause of New Hampshire adult loon mortality. A downloadable summary of why this legislation is needed to protect loons is available from this link.
Please call or write your state senator today
to ask for his or her support of Senate Bill 89.
SB 89 may go to the Senate floor for a vote by the full Senate as soon as Thursday, March 14th, so there is no time to waste. You can find your Senator's email address and other contact information by clicking here and selecting your town from the list or map on the State of New Hampshire's "Who's my Legislator?" page.
Loons do not reproduce until their sixth year of life or later, and loon pairs have an average of only one surviving chick every two years in New Hampshire. Therefore, survival of adult loons is the most important factor in assuring the continued viability of our state's loon population. Unfortunately, New Hampshire lost 124 adult loons to ingested lead sinkers and jigs between 1989 and 2011. These deaths have had a large negative impact on our state's small loon population.
Thank you to all of you who contacted the members of the Senate committee and attended its hearing on February 20th. Your strong showing of support was integral in securing the committee's recommendation-an important first step in the legislative process. Your continued involvement will still be crucial as the bill moves forward. If you have any questions about our legislative efforts, please contact LPC's legislative coordinator, Sheridan Brown, at 603-230-2473 or email by clicking here.
Some of LPC's members and volunteers from throughout NH who attended the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's hearing on SB 89 on February 20th to show their support for NH's loons.
Together, we can protect our loons from toxic lead fishing tackle. Thank you for your past and continued support!
LPC Executive Director