AFTA Industry Recognition

~ A celebration of our fishing community ~

In 2017, AFTA introduced the Industry Recognition awards, these awards are simply recognition from the industry of a individual’s significant contribution to the recreational fishing industry. 

AFTA would like to congratulate our winners, their contribution to our industry is enormously appreciated.


Bob Mercer

Bob Mercer

Retired Managing Director Daiwa Australia



On Bob’s retirement, the AFTA board wishes to recognise his commitment to the recreational fishing tackle industry in his 19-year role as the Managing Director of Daiwa Australia. Here’s to many relaxing fishing days ahead Bob!

Dr Andrew Rowland

Dr Andrew Rowland

CEO RecFishWest



In recognition of Andrew’s work with the WA government during the COVID pandemic, protecting fishing access and securing a $6mil recovery package. 

Travis Dowling

Travis Dowling

CEO Victorian Fisheries Authority



In recognition of VFA’s Target One Million Program. Committing significant dollars to the recreational fishing industry, in the hope to grow participation to one million anglers by 2020.


Would you like to nominate an individual who has made a significant contribution to the recreational fishing industry?
AFTA accepts nominations all year long. The AFTA board will complete their due diligence and vote accordingly.
Please send us an email and let us know your thoughts.