Anglers now have a new voice in Europe thanks to the establishment of the ‘Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment’ in the European Parliament which was launched in Brussels on the 25/03/15.
The event was the first opportunity for the many Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) present to meet representatives of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) to hear about the importance of angling to the economy, environment and rural development.
During the launch, Anna Gueorguieva, senior Advisor at the World Bank presented the World Bank development strategy currently being implemented in the Danube delta region, in which recreational fisheries proved to be a sustainable driving force to tackle the fisheries management and rural desertification problems; Mr. Bel of the EFTTA explained how the development of these low-environmental impact activities can be an important tool for rural development.
It seems a shame that after much research and many reports which have identified the economic value of sea angling in the UK and regionally in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that the various governments seem more keen to prop up destructive forms of commercial fishing rather than actively develop the potential of sea angling.
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