Prallet underlines importance of contributions to EFTTA
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The Membership Director of the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) has sent a message to the industry to underline the importance of its contributions to the organisation.
Jacques Prallet says that membership revenue has been increasing over the past two years, but has suffered a decline because of COVID-19.
EFTTA’s financial situation became even more dire when this year’s EFTTEX trade show – which generated £421,951 in 2018 – had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.
Writing in EFTTA’s monthly newsletter, NewsLines, Prallet explains that membership fees make up more than 35% of the association’s budget. Subscriptions received by EFTTA in 2018 totaled £227,856.
“Some of our loyal members have had to navigate through challenging times by taking the unexpected decision not to renew their membership immediately or to make voluntary lobby contributions,” says Prallet.
“We have already shown them our support and we are looking forward to welcoming them next year. We have also heard from trusted companies who stick with us and have already told us that EFTTA will be part of their budget as soon as things get better.
“While we understand every concern of each and every member, we would like to reinforce the message that your contribution to EFTTA is as critical as the association’s work is for the industry and thus for the future of your business.”
Prallet, former Director General of Pure Fishing Europe, stressed that working together is hugely important for two main reasons.
“We can only go through these unprecedented times if we work together as a united community. And EFTTA is your voice and must resonate across the world in the name of recreational fishing’s future.”
Prallet’s message follows an appeal last month from EFTTA CEO Olivier Portrat for companies to join the association, making the point that without EFTTA and the European Anglers Alliance (EAA), there would not be a ‘persistent, knowledgeable force to defend the tackle trade’s interests and recreational fishing at EU level’.
EFTTA has been frustrated in the past by the fact that some companies become members just to attend EFTTEX, and fail to see the broader benefits.