Anglers and hunters can contribute to the conservation of species through regulating fish and game populations and caring for their habitats, assisting in monitoring and research, and raising public awareness of conservation issues.

Charter on Recreational Fishing and Biodiversity

Under the Bern Convention, a working group was created to draft a Charter on Recreational Fishing and Biodiversity. This group included some of the contracting Parties and other experts such as FACE, the European Anglers’ Alliance (EAA), the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC), the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Along with the previously published European Charter on Hunting and Biodiversity, this new Charter on Recreational Fishing and Biodiversity recognises the sustainable use of wild resources as an important conservation tool because the social and economic benefits derived from such use provide real incentives for people to conserve them.

FACE, whose Membership also includes national hunting and angling associations, contributed to these Charters which position angling and hunting as a consumptive and recreational form of utilisation and management of fish and game species in Europe, in accordance with the provisions of the Bern Convention.