Study Background and Questions

Environment and Climate Change Canada requires information on the uses of fishing sinkers and jigs made from lead in Canada. Lead is associated with risks to human health and the environment. A State of the Science report published by Health Canada in 2013 indicated that there were no safe blood lead levels for neurotoxicity. In addition, lead fishing sinkers and jigs are known to have detrimental effects on wildlife in Canada.

The overall objective of this study is to gather information on current uses of lead fishing sinkers and jigs in Canada using a wide variety of different sources. The purpose of this survey form is to gather information directly from anglers in Canada to ensure the perspectives and experience of anglers is captured by the study.

Toxecology – Environmental Consulting Ltd has been retained by the Federal Government to gather the required information. If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Dr. Pamela Campbell (604) 899-3388; Email: Campbell_pm@telus.net. Your participation in this survey is important. The data you provide via this survey is secure – it will transmitted securely by FluidSurveys/Survey Monkey directly to Dr. P.M. Campbell only and will be protected as confidential business information. You may also choose to return this survey anonymously – just do not give your name on the form – but we do request you provide us with some details on your uses of fishing sinkers and jigs and your location (Province) so that we can combine responses appropriately in the analysis. We recognize that you are busy and appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey – as a small token of appreciation we will enter your name into a draw for a $100 gift card for Chapters/Indigo. If you wish to be entered into the draw your response to this survey must be returned by the deadline of January 31st, 2017. In order to be entered into the draw you must also complete the last question - this contact information will only be used if you win the draw so that we can get the gift card to you, it will not be used for any other purpose.

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* 1. Where do you live?

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* 2. Where do you fish most frequently?

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* 3. How many years have you been fishing?

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* 4. How many times do you fish per year?

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* 5. What types of water-bodies do you typically fish on?

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* 6. The fishing sinkers I use are made from:

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* 7. Sinkers are available in a wide variety of types and sizes. What sizes and types of fishing sinkers do you mainly use? Please list the ones you use in the box below (e.g. I mainly use lead split shot sinkers size 2) - give brand names if possible.

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* 8. The fishing jigs I use are made from:

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* 9. What sizes and types of fishing jigs do you primarily use? Please list the main ones you use in the box below and give brand names if possible.

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* 10. In the last 12 months approximately how many fishing sinkers and jigs did you purchase?  You can provide a range (e.g. 5-10). If possible, please provide breakdown of the number of lead vs non-lead sinkers and jigs.

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* 11. In the last 12 months approximately how many fishing sinkers did you lose? If possible, please specify the type and size of the lost sinkers.

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* 12. In the last 12 months how many fishing jigs did you lose? If possible, please specify the type and size of the lost jigs.

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* 13. Where do you buy your fishing sinkers and jigs from?

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* 14. What is your experience with non-lead fishing sinkers and jigs? Select all that apply.

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* 15. If you have any other comments you would like to add please provide these below.

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