Former industry exec questions future of EFTTA without EFTTEX
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A former fishing trade magazine executive and tackle exhibition organiser has questioned the future of EFTTA without the revenue generated by EFTTEX.
Sean O’Driscoll, former Tackle Trade World publisher, posted his views on EFTTA’s Facebook page this week in response to an article by new EFTTA CEO Olivier Portrat, in which Portrat called on the industry to support EFTTA by joining the organisation as members.
O’Driscoll posted: “The sad thing is that without EFTTEX – and despite what you guys are saying, can you really see it going ahead (in June)? – there will be no EFTTA. I have written many times that the association needed to cut its cloth so that it could be run independently of EFTTEX.
“The revenue generated by EFTTEX should have been used to fund EFTTA initiatives and not to cover some of the running costs of the association.
“For too long the only reason many companies paid into EFTTA was so that they could exhibit at the show – and that tells me that they were not sold on the need for the association.
“There are two questions:
• If there is no EFTTEX, can EFTTA survive in its present format?
• If there is no EFTTA, will the European fishing tackle industry survive?”
In his article on EFTTA’s website, Portrat had written: “EFTTA has about 270 members out of an industry with around 2,000 companies making its living from recreational angling in Europe. EFTTA works to benefit its members, as well as those businesses which are not members.
“It would be fairer if all companies supported EFTTA’s work. This would make us financially stronger and able to do more, and more efficiently.
“Some goodwill towards EFTTA is not enough. We need the support of all the industry behind EFTTA to the benefit of our industry and recreational angling at large.”
Portrat also outlined how the association was working on the industry’s behalf on a wide-ranging number of issues, including cormorants, sea bass, the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and hydropower and dams.
At the time of going to press EFTTEX was going ahead as planned at the PVA Expo, Prague, from June 11th to 13th.