SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced a bill to ban small lead fishing weights.
“Small lead fishing weights, like splitshot, are killing California wildlife,” explained Assemblymember Quirk. “Many birds consume river gravel to aid in mashing and digesting food. Often they accidentally ingest discarded lead fishing weights. The lead poisons their liver, leading to a slow death. Water fowl, in particular, are common victims,” he added