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SACRAA aims to raise fishing profile

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John Pledger: Working with SACRAA to raise the profile of recreational fishing in South Africa.

South Africa’s recreational fishing industry has hired a consultant to help it engage with the country’s Government officials at the very highest level.

The South Africa Consolidated Recreational Angling Association (SACRAA), which is bankrolled by the country’s fishing tackle trade association, has employed a well respected scientist from Gleneagles Environmental Consultants to advise on the best way to interact with government and other agencies.

John Pledger, Chairman of the South Africa Fishing Tackle Agents and Distributors (SAFTAD), told SA Sports Trader: “A former academic with impeccable marine science and environmental credentials will have the clout and knowledge to talk to government and environmental scientists on an equal footing.

“We want to get it across to the people in government that when they think of recreational fishing they must think SACRAA.

“SAFTAD only represents the industry, while SACRAA is the body that looks after everyone with an interest in recreational fishing.”

The consultation period, which is in its second month, is due to be reviewed in March.

Pledger added that SACRAA will be looking at the experiences of international angling organisations – including the European Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) – in the way that they work with governments and what roles they play in formulating angling policies.

SACRAA is also planning to commission a survey which will reveal the value that recreational fishing adds to the economy. “A similar study in the US showed that the 50 million-plus anglers there generated 880,000 jobs. That means that the 2.5 million anglers in our country could be responsible for about 40,000,” added Pledger.

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