• Dutch delay ban on lead in tackle

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    The Dutch Government has delayed imposing a ban on lead in fishing tackle because “there are not enough alternatives available, nor means to enforce a ban”. Dutch fishermen had been expecting an announcement of a ban, so it came as a surprise to hear that the move had been delayed. The government has been working with tackle makers and anglers for nearly two years and was expected to bring its own laws in line with the rest of Europe. Niels Breve, who heads the working party looking at the situation, said the scheme had not been dropped. “Our priority is still to reduce the emissions of fishing lead to surface waters,” he said. While there were lead substitutes for sea angling, they were more expensive and not enough companies were producing them, he said, adding that with smaller weights, “there are still no appropriate substitutes for anglers to use”.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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