Welcome to EFTTA, the only EU association to defend the interests of the European Recreational Angling Industry and related companies in this sector. We continuously work on your behalf to ensure that the economic, environmental, and social values of Recreational Angling are safeguarded, now and in the future. A challenging task that is becoming increasingly demanding.
Among the many global directives and laws which are constantly being drafted by the European Union - often with the aim of improving the environmental protection - some have the potential to adversely affect the future of recreational angling and thus the entire fishing tackle industry.
This is not done intentionally, but mainly because the executive bodies of the EU are not sufficiently familiar with Recreational Angling and the positive impact angling can have on people and the environment. Angling is a cultural heritage, not just an act of obtaining fish for consumption, but also a way of understanding life through interaction between people and their natural environment. Nowadays we know that this natural cohabitation is beneficial for body and mind.
In addition, there is an increasing awareness that anglers provide an important ‘watchdog function’ as most often, they are the first to ring the alarm bell when an acute pollution incident has occurred, or another, longer-term deterioration of the aquatic environment occurs in a river, lake or at sea. The fishing community also provides thousands of volunteers who throughout the year contribute in various ways to improve the aquatic environment, which would often not be done due to the effects, if that labour power should be paid in full.