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Angling Trades Association needs your support


he Angling Trades Association (ATA) continues to promote and deliver initiatives that will help increase angling participation – and with the trade’s full support it can do so much more.

Naidre Werner, chairman of the ATA, told T&G: “New anglers buy tackle throughout their lives,

and this is why

stimulating recruitment is such a crucial, core

ATA activity and will remain so. Following our 2017 Silver Jubilee celebrations, National Fishing Month will again take place throughout July and August, and our Take a Friend Fishing project will run a serious of high awareness promotions throughout the year. Both programmes are designed to raise the profi le of fi shing across the general public. They are supported by a number of partners but, more importantly, a growing number of companies within the trade. “The ATA continues to be committed to campaigning in support of our sport and the anglers who enjoy it so much. We have already written to the Minister George Eustace regarding the ridiculous ruling by the EU to prevent UK recreational anglers from catching and keeping bass during 2018. He has acknowledged our letter and agreed with many of our points, but we won’t be leaving things there. We already have a plan to join forces with other interested parties to build a campaign that attracts national attention from the general public.

“We are also preparing for a

fi ght this year. The Government is consulting on its proposed legislative changes which would enshrine in law the principle that all animals have feelings. This veritable minefi eld could have profound and unintended impacts on angling and many other perfectly normal activities. The ATA already has a team

of experts working away in the background to prepare a factual, advisory paper for the Government to ensure that angling remains fully protected and unaltered. “That is why your continued membership is extremely important. Your support enables us to speak with a more authoritative voice when liaising on issues with stakeholder groups, legislators, politicians, environmental and educational organisations.” During 2018, the ATA will

be improving its members’ services further. T&G will report on these in full next month. Naidre continues: “Numerically, the ATA membership is as strong now as it has ever been, but there are still a number of key suppliers and retailers that have not yet felt the need to join our Association. “I hope that 2018 will be a year when they can see the true benefi ts of what the ATA does and the usefulness of the services it offers to members. “There is no doubt that, in these diffi cult times, the support offered by your trade association is extremely important as the voice of the industry, drawing its strength from a strong, collective membership base.” To fi nd out more about how the ATA can benefi t your business, call Naidre directly.

ATA T 07767 371802 E

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