Transatlantic Tie-Up

Fishmongers’ Hall was recently the scene of a ground-breaking initiative bringing together angling organisations from Europe and the USA.

Fishmongers’ Hall was recently the scene of a ground-breaking initiative bringing together angling organisations from Europe and the USA.

Representatives of the European Angling Alliance (EAA) met with Jim Donofrio, Executive Director of the US-based Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and agreed on mutual support in achieving their common objective of sustainable fisheries management.

This was the first time in history that angling groups from both sides of the Atlantic have come together in a spirit of co-operation to communicate and discuss the future of the sport and the problems that can be addressed mutually.

The European Anglers Alliance, of which S&TA is a member, was formed in 1994 and is a pan-European organisation located in Brussels. It has 18 countries with 6 million affiliated anglers in membership and represents the interests of 25 million anglers across Europe. It cooperates closely with the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association, and together supports a combined business of 25 billion euros.

The Recreational Fishing Alliance, formed in 1995, is a political lobby group located in Washington DC and New Jersey. It represents the interests of 15 million saltwater anglers in the US and supports a sportfishing business worth $60 million.