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The Angling Trades Association (ATA)

The Angling Trades Association represents angling manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, publishers and distributors and is the Voice of the British Angling Industry.  Formed in 1977, the ATA remains the only trade body representing the angling industry.

It counts amongst its 60+ strong membership base a majority of the countries leading angling suppliers, as well as a number of the industries leading retailers.

Its function is to promote, represent and protect the trade across all three angling disciplines - sea, game and coarse fishing. In so doing it aims to achieve not only long-term stability for the sport but, more importantly, growth and development.

The Association is run by a board elected from its membership with the assistance of a Chief executive  and secretarial guidance from the Federation of Sports & Play Associations (FSPA), the UK's largest sports trade body.   The ATA are one of 17 UK trade associations who operate under the umbrella of the FSPA.

ATA Press Pack

The new ATA Press pack is now available to media and related organisations to download for more information about the Association

Please navigate the menu to the left to find out more about the ATA and its members.


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Latest News

  • Rare sturgeon fished-up escapes being dished-up
    Anglers and commercial fishermen throughout the UK have been alerted for the second time in three months to watch out for rare sturgeon in their catches. A 10-pound fish landed from the River Thames at Greenhithe, near Dartford, Kent, was a Siberian sturgeon, the type that provide caviar for posh dinner tables.
  • New Partnership to Tackle Invasive Crayfish
    The Angling Trust and CEFAS today announced trials to find ways of reducing the impact of signal crayfish on English water bodies. CEFAS (the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science) and the Angling Trust have joined forces to try and find the most effective way of reducing signal crayfish numbers and their impacts on our aquatic wildlife.
  • Daiwa Support Angling Trust RiverFest Final
    The Angling Trust is delighted to announce that more sponsorship support has been received from Daiwa Sports towards the Angling Trust RiverFest 2013 grand final on the River Wye on 16th/17th November.
  • Angling Trust and Pure Fishing promote fisheries conservation in Europe
    The Angling Trust’s National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter was invited to Lisbon last week to give a presentation to the first workshop held in Europe by The Berkley Conservation Institute, the environmental arm of the global tackle giants Pure Fishing. Martin, who in 2011 compiled the influential Keep Australia Fishing report, was asked to examine ‘good and bad practice in the management, governance and promotion of recreational fishing’.
  • Angling Trust Welcomes New Fisheries Minister but Sad to See Benyon Go
    After weeks of speculation David Cameron´s ministerial reshuffle has seen the removal of keen angler Richard Benyon from his post as Fisheries Minister in the coalition government and his replacement by the PM´s former press secretary George Eustice.
  • Angling Trust Gets the Fishing Message Over at Party Conferences - Angling Trust Media Release
    Angling Trust duo Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter have just completed the rounds of party political conferences where they ensured that anglers’ messages were communicated right to the top of British politics. The Trust jointly organised, with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), three ‘rural receptions’ at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, at Labour’s Brighton bash and with the Liberal Democrats in Glasgow. More than 300 conference delegates, ranging from local councillors to government Ministers, attended the events.
    This year’s National Fishing Month (NFM) has shattered its 15,000 target, setting new records for the number of people who were introduced to the sport via more than 300 special events throughout the country. When the final figures are tallied, it is likely that participant numbers will be closer to 16,000, much to the delight of the NFM organisers.
  • Angling Trust Announces New Chairman
    The Angling Trust has appointed fishing pioneer George Stephenson as its new Chairman, with immediate effect. With several decades experience of managing safari and fishing businesses around the world, George Stephenson brings great knowledge, business acumen and an excellent contact list to the role of Chairman of the rapidly-growing and dynamic representative organisation for all anglers in England. The post was widely advertised and attracted a number of high quality applicants.
  • Minister Backs Angling Trust Campaign on Killer Chemicals - Angling Trust Media Release
    Angling and fishery organisations have today welcomed an announcement from the Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon that plans are being drawn up to remove products containing the dangerous insecticide Chlorpyrifos from domestic sale. Mr Benyon was responding to strong representations from the Angling Trust, the national representative body for anglers, and fishery owners along the Kennet Valley in Wiltshire and Berkshire following last months’ devastating pollution of all invertebrate life along a 15 kms stretch of this famous chalk stream by a tiny amount of chlorpyrifos which entered the river via the combined sewerage system.
  • Angling Trust Chalkstream Campaign Hits National Media
    Following the unprecedented winter drought in 2012 national wildlife and conservation organisations were brought together by the Angling Trust in an alliance with local river restoration groups to press the government and its agencies to reform water policies radically to enable England’s endangered chalk streams to return to good health.
    This time last year, the CLA Game Fair had been cancelled and the National Fishing Month (NFM) launch event had to be hurriedly rescheduled amidst the downpours with the help of the Angling Trust’s Martin Salter.
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