New Bill Threatens the Future of Fishing in Maine
A new bill introduced in Maine would function as a de facto fishing ban in state waters.
Titled “An Act To Require Biodegradable Hooks and Lures for Freshwater Fishing,” this bill will ban all hooks and nearly all lures currently on the market and in tackle boxes throughout the state.
The new bill requires “biodegradable” hooks which do not exist because biodegradable materials are not strong enough and would rust quickly. Additionally, the bill requires all plastic and rubber in lures to be biodegradable which is unwarranted and would be a huge burden on anglers.
In 2014, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife published a comprehensive study on the use of rubber lures and nondegradable fishing hooks and lures. No evidence was found that would support a ban on non-biodegradable hooks and lures. In fact, the report concluded: “(r)equiring the sale and use of only biodegradable SPLs (soft plastic lures) is currently not a solution,” and “the Department does not recommend any legislation at this time.”