An SAA Perspective on ECHO
ECHO provides a much needed focus for caring carp
anglers. The efforts of Chilly and Co have already made a huge difference
to the way that carp anglers are perceived, both within and outside
The Specialist Anglers' Alliance (SAA and formerly
the SACG) has been crying out for input from carp anglers for many
years. We have been very aware of the problems facing carp and carp
waters in this country but historically have not had the resources
to effectively combat many of these problems.
The development of ECHO into a mainstream, open
membership, structure has transformed the early perception of ECHO
(more correctly ECLA) as a slightly inward looking, single issue
group into a wide ranging, campaigning organization. Indeed the
efforts of ECHO in galvanizing carp anglers into supporting the
'Stop a Smuggler' campaign have been recognized by both the National
Angling Alliance (NAA) and the Moran Committee. These two bodies
provide the link between mainstream angling representation and the
government, so their support for ECHO and the campaign is no small
SAA can provide ECHO with further such contacts
within angling representation and maybe some advice on where your
efforts can be best directed. We have been in this game since 1990
(as SACG) and have made plenty of mistakes along the way, so maybe
we can help ECHO avoid some of the same pitfalls.
Finally the way to change how things are done is
to get inside the system and effect change from within. The concept
behind SAA (and the NAA and Moran for that matter) is one of mutual
support. If one angling body highlights an issue for attention,
then by working together all the other member groups can lend their
support. That way we maximize the number of anglers speaking with
a common voice. As somebody once said 'it is better to be on the
inside pissing out, than on the outside pissing in!"
Here's to a long and productive association.
Vice President SAA