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”.