EFTTA is convinced that recreational angling can only survive as leisure activity when we encourage nature conservation and the fight against climate change. Since anglers want to have healthy habitats for healthy fish stocks, EFTTA fully supports und promotes the restoration and protection activities of anglers, players of the industry around recreational angling and other stakeholders for a sustainable environment.
Recreational anglers as protectors and restorers of biodiversity
Recent studies from the Bournemouth University, UK have demonstrated that recreational anglers contribute to the protection and restoration of biodiversity, whether it be ethic angling practices to maximize survival rates, knowledge building for data-lacking species, monitoring actions aimed at protecting and restoring aquatic biodiversity. The value of the voluntary activities that anglers undertake out of passion and commitment is inestimable. Many local initiatives are taken by organisations in UK, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and elsewhere in Europe.
Local actions could be much more efficient if they were collected and coordinated on a pan-European level and communicated in a professional way. To this extend EFTTA will set up a centralized platform with a clear communication structure, tying together EU lobby projects, local actions and impacts in the individual countries.