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.
The new ATA Press pack is now available to media and related organisations to download for more information about the Association
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Latest news stories
- Angling Trust RiverFest 2013 - All Systems Go For New National River Competition
A brand new competition, which will carry the biggest ever individual river competition first prize of £10,000, plus more big main list and section cash prizes in the final gets underway in July.
- European Reports Highlight Scale of Cormorant Impact on Fish - Angling Trust Media Release
The Angling Trust is highlighting two reports from Europe that show that numbers of cormorants across Europe are their highest for 150 years. The studies further strengthen the case for action to be taken to protect fish stocks in the UK from unsustainable predation by cormorants.
- TAKE SOMEONE FISHING FOR FREE
The TAKE A FRIEND FISHING campaign, organised and run by the Angling Trades Association, is back to encourage parents, grandparents and friends to take the time over the Easter break to give family members and friends the chance to have a go at fishing. Particularly if there’s nothing they want to watch on the TV and they have an extra few days off work!
- Beware Rod Licence Rip-Off Says Angling Trust
Following complaints from anglers angered by the re-emergence of a website offering rod licence renewals which charges an additional £11 for ‘processing services’ the Angling Trust is warning anglers not to pay a penny more than they need and is encouraging everyone to use the completely free service provided by the Environment Agency and the Post Office.
- Operation CLAMP DOWN
Targeting illegal angling during the coarse close season - Angling Trust Media Release
Between 15 March and 15 June 2013, the Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiff Service, in partnership with the Environment Agency (EA), will be running Operation CLAMP DOWN - targeting illegal angling during the coarse fishing close season. The VBS is currently a pilot project in the EA South East Region (EASE), upon which geographic area Operation CLAMP DOWN focusses.
- Sports Direct Supports Angling Causes
Newcomer to the angling market, high street retailer Sports Direct, has committed support and pledged significant finance to angling associations and charities.
In a ground-breaking agreement, Sports Direct will be sponsoring the Professional Anglers Association’s (PAA) series of coaching roadshows for 2013 that will cover a range of nationwide angling and country show events. The sponsorship agreement incorporates items of coaching tackle, travel expenses, clothing and promotional literature.
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