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Linimatic, a Danish die casting company, produces a variety of zinc products, including lead-free, zinc sinkers for the fishing industry. Lead has been banned from use in sports fishing equipment in Denmark since 2002, and in 2007, an executive order from the Danish government banned the use of lead in commercial fishing equipment. This legislation was implemented because lead is a toxic metal: significant concentrations of lead can have detrimental impacts on marine ecosystems. Lead is particularly harmful to marine invertebrates which serve a vital role in the entire trophic food chain. More specifically, lead can impact the fertilization and larval development of marine vertebrates, and it can also inhibit their reproduction and result in mortality. It also affects seawater chemistry, and because lead is not biodegradable it can permanently contaminate water.