Sustainability and the tackle trade
A recent survey identified over 80% of surveyed angling businesses wanted to see collaboration to improve their sustainability credentials. It is increasingly recognised that businesses have an important role to play in delivering more environmentally-friendly production and consumption, otherwise society will not be able to contain climate change; resources will become scarcer; and ecosystems further damaged. For all manufacture, this means products which minimise negative environmental impacts during both production and use. Addressing these responsibilities can also help build brand following and reduce business risks.
Leisure fishing tackle is a global industry – the market was expected to exceed $20.3bn in 2015. Whilst in recent years the angling trades have become proactive on initiatives to protect target fish species and habitats, they have generally been far less active on environmental and social issues across their products and services. Integrating sustainability into the global leisure fishing tackle sector has never made more compelling business sense. The voluntary Eden Sustainability Declaration identifies the broad steps necessary to build industry collaboration to develop a more sustainable angling trades sector.