Anglers are being warned to be careful when buying shot online and from 'pound shops'.
Association urging anglers to be watch their weights as illegal lead shot is found for sale.
One of the biggest associations in our sport is warning anglers they could face prosecution if they are caught using a new wave of illegal fishing weights.
Following research into lead shot found for sale on the internet and in certain high street ‘pound stores’, the Angling Trade Association (ATA) discovered a large number of the products were in fact illegal for use in the UK.
Since 1986 the use of lead weights between 0.06 and 28.35 grams (No.6 shot to 1oz) has been banned by law in the UK. However with a number of traders still selling lead shot between these sizes, quite often with minute small print pointing out the products illegality, unsuspecting anglers could be leaving themselves open to legal action if they are caught using the weights.
“Anglers have a long and proud record of environmental responsibility. Nevertheless, among the millions who fish each year there will be some people who are unfamiliar with the lead weights legislation and who might, through ignorance, break the law,” said Naidre Werner, Chairman of the ATA.
“The Angling Trade Association is encouraging every angler to check their tackle carefully to ensure it meets the regulations and to carefully check the small print on any online purchases that they make”.
Already the ATA has contacted Trading Standards to raise the issue and ensure officers are aware of the law and the need to prevent illegal lead weights being sold in the UK.
“Legitimate manufacturers and retailers support this initiative, particularly because it removes any trading advantage that some sellers may hope to gain by offering illegal weights for sale,” continued Naidre.
“This will also help prevent anglers inadvertently purchasing and using illegal equipment.”