The fishing tackle industry has a last chance to give its views to European legislators on how restrictions on the use of lead in tackle will affect their business.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – the European Union body that manages and implements the organisation’s regulations – is currently investigating the need and potential scope of a restriction on the use of lead in fishing tackle for a report that it will submit in October.
It is asking interested parties to take part in a survey which will form part of its report to the EU. The deadline for submissions is tomorrow (Friday).
EFTTA, the representative body for the fishing tackle industry in Europe, says: “As part of the presentation, ECHA is currently collecting information on companies and the various players in the supply chain and asking how they will be affected by restrictions and the consequences for the sector.
“The objective is to propose a restriction which constitutes the most appropriate and proportional risk management measures to prevent the identified risks of lead.
“The ECHA is still in the investigation phase. It is important that companies who have not already done so, provide input to the questions. The information received will be used to make a better and more informed assessment of the restriction options and scope.”
The survey can be accessed here.. Continue Reading
The COVID pandemic is rewriting the rules of retail, according to a thought-provoking article posted by the Harvard Business Review on Monday.
The article warns that retailers should stop expecting business to return to normal and should be preparing to take their customer experience to the next level.
It points to latest data from McKinsey, reputedly the world’s largest consultancy firm, that shows consumers are likely to continue the behaviours they have adopted during lockdown.
These include stay-at-home shopping and less visits to brick-and-mortar retailers, trends already reflected in the fishing tackle market with many companies telling Angling International that post-COVID they intend to put more emphasis on e-commerce.
The data reveals that consumers are more carefully evaluating what they spend and where, and that most categories have seen a 15% to 30% increase in the use of online channels.
Brand loyalty has also changed with more than 75% having experimented with different shopping behaviour during the crisis by trying new brands and stores.
The current developments have strong implications for business-to-consumer players, many of whom are already changing their operating models and their media spends to better position themselves.
A quarter of consumers consider that a company’s treatment of its employees during COVID is a buying criterion.
The McKinsey data is further evidence, the article suggests, that retailers can no longer rely on..Continue Reading
Latest licence sales figures for the UK reveal that angling has rebounded from COVID-19 and the number of people fishing could overtake last year.
Between May 13th, when restrictions were lifted, and June 9th, more than 335,000 licences were purchased, an increase of more than 200,000 on the same period last year.
When added to the 160,072 licences sold in April – and given the added incentive of the return of the Take a Friend Fishing (TAFF) campaign on July 4th – it is hoped the trend will boost annual licence sales over the 940,974 total sold last year.
The news will be a shot in the arm for the tackle industry, which has endured a bleak time since restrictions were imposed in March, which included the closure of tackle shops.
“The increase in licence sales is a very welcome sight for the trade,” said Angling Trades Association (ATA) Chairman Andrew Race, Managing Director of scales manufacturer Reuben Heaton.
“Over the next twelve months, the ATA will be focused on helping both the trade and sport to recover from COVID-19 whilst working closely with other major stakeholders to retain and build on 2020 participation levels through initiatives such as TAFF and National Fishing Month.
“The crisis has focused minds on lifestyle and the importance of leisure time. People have come to value their downtime again and angling is a..Continue Reading
International outdoor goods and fishing tackle retailer L.L. Bean has announced plans to expand its footprint in Canada with the opening of three more stores in the country this year.
Greg Elder, Vice President of Retail and International at the company, said the positive response of its first store opening last year has accelerated its growth plans in Canada. “We are extremely grateful to our Canadian customers for welcoming us and the continued success really demonstrates the relevance of our iconic products and the kinship we share in the inherent love and care for the outdoors.”
“We are extremely mindful of how and where we grow,” added Stephen Smith, President and CEO of L.L. Bean. “We are excited to be able to offer our Canadian neighbours more options in more locations this year and to provide them with the outdoor essentials they need to enjoy the many restorative benefits of being outdoors.
“We look forward to building on that relationship with our Canadian customers in years to come.”
The company launched an e-commerce site in Canada in the Fall of 2018, following it up with a Canada-specific catalogue and the opening of its first store in Oakville, Ontario in August last year... Continue Reading
EFTTA, the representative body for the recreational fishing industry in Europe, is among the hosts of a webinar on how angling can contribute to the recovery of the region’s tourism sector following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event is being organised by the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment (RecFishing Forum) with support from EFTTA and the European Anglers Alliance. (EAA).
It will take place on Thursday, July 16th from 10.30am to 12.30pm and will be co-chaired by MEPs, Niclas Herbst and Grace O'Sullivan.
The confinement measures taken by the great majority of EU Member States to protect public health has taken its toll on all sectors of business and economic activities. Mindful of its effect on the tourism industry, the European Parliament is looking at ways of regenerating the sector with a focus on coastal and maritime tourism.
A spokesman for the EAA said: “Angling constitutes a high-value and sustainable touristic activity, especially for coastal, rural and remote areas that can only rely on a few other sources of income. Fishermen contribute to the local economy by spending in shops, hotels and restaurants, and support the local job market by buying tackle, renting boats and equipment or by using the services provided by fishing guides and charter companies.
“This fits within an important part of the European Commission’s strategy, devoted to the promotion of a more sustainable model of..Continue Reading
Determined that the show will go on, Shimano North American Fishing plans to recreate its popular product presentation in digital form for global consumption at ICAST 2020 Online next week.
Originally planned to fall at the same time and on the same day as usual, the company has now had to bring the presentation forward following the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) decision to start ICAST Online on Monday, July 13th.
“It will now take place at 9.30am EST on that day, on both the Shimano North American Fishing Facebook page and Shimano’s YouTube channel,” confirmed John Mazurkiewiecz, Shimano’s media/PR representative and one of the event’s planners.
In addition to Shimano’s new line-up being revealed on the first morning of ICAST Online, its product development staff, pro-staffers and charter captains will again be on the company’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 7pm EST respectively.
• The ICAST Online Industry Breakfast will be hosted by ASA President Glenn Hughes and will also feature the US Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, Congressman Wilbur Ross and the Vice President of Communications for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Stephanie Vatalaro... Continue Reading
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