In the context of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee’s hearing on marine pollution on 28 March 2023, the European Fishing Tackle & Trade Association (EFTTA) and the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) are pleased to provide input to the Committee’s reflections on this topic.
Marine pollution comes from various sources and has both direct and indirect impacts on habitats and fish stocks. There is no healthy fish stocks without healthy habitats, no recreational fishers without thriving fish stocks, and no tackle businesses without happy anglers.
That is why tackle manufacturers and shops invest a lot in nature protection and restoration and in improving the sustainability of the products.
- Leading Rapala VMC, a major player in the industry, has created a new sustainability trademark covering the whole production footprint of its products.
- Other key manufacturers and wholesalers invest in litter collection and awareness raising on plastic pollution.