- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Ahead of the 2016 fishing season, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is reminding anglers that small lead sinkers and jigs will be banned this year.

A new law goes into effect June 1 prohibiting the sale or use of lead sinkers and jigs that weigh less than an ounce. The sinkers and jigs have been linked to the deaths of loons and other water birds, which get lead poisoning when they swallow the weights.

The new law does not apply to lead core line, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, spoons, poppers, plugs or flies.

Anglers can use steel, tungsten, tin or other materials. They should also dispose of their old lead gear properly at all Fish and Game offices or the Loon Preservation Center in Moultonborough.

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