NH F&G AND DES ASK ICE ANGLERS NOT TO POLLUTE

by Christian Mower on February 17, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS SAYS MOST FISHERMEN ARE REALLY GOOD AT PICKING UP AFTER THEMSELVES.

ABRAMS’ DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW HAMPSHIRE’S DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES ARE ASKING ICE FISHERMEN TO BE CAREFUL WITH THEIR GEAR SO THEY DON’T INADVERTENTLY HARM THE LAKES THEY FISH.

AUTHORITIES SAY THERE ARE SEVERAL ITEMS COMMONLY FOUND IN THE TACKLE BOX THAT CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR WATER QUALITY AND AQUATIC LIFE.

FIRST IS LEAD BASED TACKLE. SMALL LEAD TACKLE SUCH AS SINKERS, SOUNDERS OR JIGS CAN BE LOST DOWN THE FISHING HOLE AND SINK TO THE LAKE BOTTOM. WHEN THE ICE GOES OUT, THESE ITEMS CAN BE FATAL TO LOONS AND OTHER WATERFOWL WHO SWALLOW SMALL PEBBLES FROM THE LAKE BOTTOM.

PLASTIC JIGS AND TUBE BAITS CAN ALSO BE SWALLOWED BY WILDLIFE OR WASH UP ON BEACHES, CAUSING A HAZARD TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.

IF SPILLED, OIL BASED PRODUCTS CAN KILL AQUATIC LIFE AND CAUSE HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOMS.

LIVE BAIT THAT’S LEFT BEHIND COULD CONTAIN NON-NATIVE SPECIES OR EVEN PATHOGENS THAT ARE DANGEROUS TO AQUATIC LIFE.

HUMAN WASTE CONTAINS PATHOGENS AND HARMFUL BACTERIA – AND TRASH THAT’S GENERATED, AS WELL AS ROPE OR WOOD BLOCKS USED TO POSITION BOBHOUSES SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT.

AUTHORITIES SAY LIKE HIKING AND CAMPING, ICE FISHING SHOULD BE A “LEAVE NO TRACE” ACTIVITY.