AFFTA has a big job to do. We rely heavily on our board to provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure we are moving the industry forward. In addition to the Executive Committee that provides overarching leadership to the entire board, our subcommittees specialize in specific areas of focus.
AFFTA Trade Show Committee
The International Fly Tackle Dealer show is the biggest industry trade show in the fishing industry. AFFTA’s recent co-locating with ICAST has provided greater exposure and media opportunities for our industry as a whole. Our show committee provides guidance regarding show planning and preparation.
AFFTA Government Affairs & Alliances
Together as an industry, we have a loud voice! One of AFFTA’s biggest missions is advocating for the fly fishing industry with our elected officials. Whether we are supporting legislation that protects and preserves our fisheries, or speaking out on behalf of our small business members, we do so collectively and strategically.
AFFTA Science and Policy
Consisting of scientists and fisheries policy experts, the committee is responsible for reporting quarterly to the AFFTA Board of Directors on environmental and policy issues that affect the fly fishing industry in marine, coastal, and freshwater ecosystems. The Science and Policy Committee monitors current science and national policy initiatives such as angler access, regulations of manufacturing of or sale of fly- fishing-related products, threats to natural habitats, and ecosystem.
Our Finance committee steers AFFTA’s monetary goals and revenue, ensuring a healthy organization so that we can continue to do good work for our industry for many years to come.
AFFTA Nominating Committee
Throughout the calendar year, AFFTA’s Nominating Committee shall work to identify qualified individuals to fill upcoming Director vacancies; specifically targeting members to fill the designated member categories. In selecting nominees for election to the Board, the Nominating Committee shall give due regard, and act in good faith, to assure that the membership of the Board accurately reflects the segments of the fly fishing industry
AFFTA Marketing & Communication
AFFTA recently hired a Communications Director, and thus is investing in increased communication and exposure with not just our members, but potential members and also to those outside of the fishing industry. Our Marketing & Communications team help to steer those efforts.
AFFTA Grant Committee – AFFTA Fisheries Fund
One of the biggest, most exciting projects AFFTA has spearheaded is the Fisheries Fund, a granting mechanism to help fund grassroots efforts to grow new anglers, promote fisheries conservation and protect wildlife health. The Fisheries Fund is the result of revenue dollars from the IFTD show, as well as individual donations.