The European Federation of Sea Anglers was formed in 1961 by a group of International anglers who were taking part in a fishing festival being held out of Looe in England. Many of these anglers had fished together for a number of years and seven nations were represented in this formative group:
England, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Scotland.
Within six months of it’s formation no less than 16 countries were represented in the Federation, either by formation of member sections or affiliation of existing clubs.
The objects of the Federation, as laid down at the time of it’s formation and still in force today, are to promote the sport of sea angling and maintain the list of European Sea Fish Records, and to keep a watching brief on all commercial fishing activities in European waters.