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Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break

New IGFA Rule for Two-Lure Rigs
  Bill Shedd, IGFA Trustee and President of AFTCO, recently received the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year award for his dedication to marine conservation. Shedd's message during his acceptance speech paralled his efforts over the past several decades - protecting the rights of recreational anglers and recognizing their contributions to marine conservation. More >>

Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break

New IGFA Rule for Two-Lure Rigs
  Effective immediately, the following language has been added  to Section H (Hooks and Lures) of IGFA’s International Angling Rules:

4. Only one lure containing hooks may be used at a time.

Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break

New IGFA Rule for Two-Lure Rigs
  In 1999 the IGFA started the US State Freshwater Record program. This program recognized line class, tippet class, and Junior angler records for five species of fish, per state. 

Approximately 80% of these records are still vacant. Given the lack of participation in this program over the past 15 years, coupled with it being US-centric, IGFA has decided to terminate this program effective immediately. 

 

Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break

Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break
  On September 12, 2014, angler Scott Nichols caught, tagged, and released a 200 lb swordfish to cap off his incredible quest to become the first person to achieve two Billfish Royal Slams in a single year. More than 100 anglers have achieved the prestigious Billfish Royal Slam – which requires the successful capture of nine different species of billfish in a lifetime – but Nichols is the first to double up on the required species in a given year. More >>
 

Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break

Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break
  The 7th World Recreational Fishing Conference (7WRFC) was held September 1-4, 2014 at the Convention Center of the State University of Campinas (São Paulo State), Brazil. It was expertly organized and chaired by IGFA Representative Prof. Ezequiel Theodoro da Silva (Brazil) and was attended by 209 participants from 17 countries. More >>
 

Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break

Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break
  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has just released the Final Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan, which provides much needed protection for western Atlantic bluefin tuna. Most notably, new seasonal closures will protect western bluefin tuna when they are in the northern Gulf of Mexico—their only known spawning grounds. More >>

New Record Species: European perch and Florida pompano

New Record Species: European perch and Florida pompano
  The Republic of Guatemala has created the National Commission for the Protection of Sailfish whose mission is “to promote the socioeconomic development of the coastal region in the Pacific Coast of Guatemala through sport fishing tourism for sailfish in a sustainable manner. This is an important step for the conservation of the species in Guatemala and a great example for other nations to follow. More >>
Little Fish Make Fish Big: The Importance of Forage Fish
Little Fish Make Big Fish: The Importance of Forage Fish
 

Forage fish may be small in size, but they play a key role in our ecosystems. It’s time that these little fish were recognized for the big impact they have on other recreational and commercially important species- and the IGFA is doing something to make that happenMore >>

 

New Record Species: European perch and Florida pompano
New Record Species: European perch and Florida pompano
  While the IGFA keeps All-Tackle records for just about any species that swims, only certain species are eligible for the line class, fly rod, Junior Angler, and All-Tackle Length record categories. European perch and Florida pompano will join these ranks on April 1, 2014. More >>
IGFA Expands Freshwater Record Program
IGFA Expands Freshwater Record Program
  In a monumental move that will create hundreds of vacancies – and new opportunities – for world records, the IGFA has announced that as of April 1, 2014, freshwater line class and fly rod records will now be separated into men’s and women’s categories. More >>
Senator Vitter Moves Fisheries Allocation Policy to the Fore
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  Senator David Vitter (R-La.) announced yesterday that he would “hold” the nominee to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) until he received a commitment that NOAA Fisheries would address the ongoing failure of the Agency to implement its own allocation policies and to provide some leadership and direction to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council...More >>
Trinidad and Tobago Ends Local Trawling
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  In a positive step towards aiding struggling fisheries, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago last week joined Australia, Brazil, Canada, and similarly conservation-minded countries in banning bottom trawling in their waters. Trawling – the practice of dragging large nets to dredge the water and sea bed, resulting in very high levels of unwanted bycatch and habitat destruction – has long been identified as one of the most harmful industrial fishing practices...More >>
2014 IGFA Conservation Award Winners Announced
IGFA Conservation Awards
  Sportsmanship and conservation go hand in hand – anglers who hope for more and bigger fish tomorrow invariably understand the need to release catches they make today. Since 1993, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has been recognizing superlative achievements in fishing conservation with the annual IGFA Conservation Awards...More >>
Call to Action: Sign the Petition to Protect Bluefin Tuna
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  Recreational anglers can help end the waste of bluefin tuna in the U.S. and ensure that surface longliners – not sportsmen – are held accountable for incidental bycatch. The International Game Fish Association has sponsored an online petition and is asking for anglers to sign on...More >>
Sen. Vitter Draws Line for Red Snapper Allocation
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  Senator David Vitter (R-La.) announced yesterday that he would “hold” the nominee to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) until he received a commitment that NOAA Fisheries would address the ongoing failure of the Agency to implement its own allocation policies and to provide some leadership and direction to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council...More >>
Massive Population Decline in European seabass
European seabass
  An assessment by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has revealed that European seabass (Dicentrarcus labrax) have suffered a massive population decline in the Northeast Atlantic, reaching their lowest point in two decades. With a drop of more than 20%, the crash is not only a concern to the commercial fishery, but also to the recreational fishing community that considers the species to be a prize catch...More >>
Billfish Conservation Act Closer to Complete Ban on US Mainland Billfish Sales
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  When the Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) was signed into US law nearly a year ago, conservationists worldwide cheered that the globe’s largest market for imported marlin, sailfish, and spearfish would soon be closed. Although the challenge of getting a bill passed through the legislative process was won, there is still work to be done to make sure the BCA will be properly enacted....More >>
  Change, transformation, and adaptation in recreational fisheries is the theme of the Seventh World Recreational Fishing Conference (WRFC), and the first call for papers is now open. Abstracts addressing any of the conference’s sub-themes may be submitted online for consideration for the September 2014 event...More >>
  The comment period for the National Marine Fisheries Service Advanced Notification of Proposed Rule Making for the implementation of the Billfish Conservation Act has closed. IGFA has submitted these comments to NMFS to reinforce that the intent of the Billfish Conservation Act was to close the continental U.S. to foreign-caught billfish as well as those caught in Hawaii and the Pacific peninsular region. Read full comments here >>
  Tournaments around the world are becoming increasingly concerned with conservation and ethical fishing practices. Every year, more events adopt catch-and-release formats and promote the use of circle hooks to support healthier fish releases. The Ernest Hemingway International Billfish Tournament is one of the latest...More >>
  Want the facts on Australia's marine parks and the proposed lock out zones for recreational anglers? Check out this new video from Keep Australia Fishing...More >>
  The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will host an International Billfish Symposium at its headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida during August 2015.  The event will be co-chaired by Jason Schratwieser, Conservation Director for IGFA, and Dr. David Kerstetter, director of the Fisheries Research Laboratory at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center.....More >>
  If it had to be summarized in two words, congratulations and gratitude would be the defining characteristics of the 10th Annual IGFA World Record Achievement Awards, presented by Hugh’s Culinary. With top achievers in 20 categories – spanning across....More>>
  Australia’s third IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) event is just days away! The Gold Coast Game Fish Club in Queensland will host the IGMR during its annual Cabo Hatteras Billfish Shootout April 12 – 14, 2013. The Gold Coast IGMR event follows the 26th Annual Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic, held in October of 2012....More>>
  The IGFA is working with scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to collect data on recreational fishermen's interactions with sharks.  Recreational angling for sharks is becoming a popular leisure activity worldwide. Sharks are also landed as bycatch when recreational anglers target other fish species....More>>
  The International Game Fish Association and Columbia University have partnered to develop a new application – called IGFACatchLog – that will allow anglers to contribute to fisheries data collection efforts using Apple’s iPhone. As they near completion of a pilot version of the App, the IGFA is offering anglers the opportunity to....More>>
  The International Game Fish Association has long supported closing the Gulf of Mexico to surface longlines. But in an uncommon collaboration, this position is gaining new momentum as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prepares a new proposed regulation for the region as early as next month....More>>
  The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) Grant has been instrumental in enabling the IGFA to reach more than 45,000 children each year.  This grant, which is part of the RBFF’s National Youth Boating and Fishing Initiative, has helped expand the IGFA Outreach Program across...More>>
  On March 19th and 20th, the IGFA hosted a workshop in conjunction with The Billfish Foundation on the preparation of a billfish management and conservation plan for the Western Central Atlantic. This meeting was a follow up to the workshop in...More>>
  This just in from El Salvador IGFA Representative Francisco “Paco” Saca: Capt. Brad Philipps reached a milestone by releasing his 25,000th billfish on February 2, 2013, aboard his 40 ft Gamefishermen Decisive off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, Central America. More>>
  Eager for some record-class recognition for your fishing prowess? Anglers will have more opportunities to get their names in the coveted IGFA World Record Game Fishes book as of March 1, 2013. The IGFA, sport fishing’s world record keeper, has added eight species to its All-Tackle Length record program and made a few new additions to the Slam and Trophy Clubs as well. More>>
  There's more than fish at sportfishing headquarters! The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum is proud to announce a new butterfly garden exhibit located at the entrance of the Wetlands Walk. More>>
  During his early fishing days with friends in San Juan in the late 1960's, Ralph "Agie" Vicente started a boating and sports fishing career that has been truly remarkable, with unconditional support to conservation.

In the 1980s, at a time when conservation began to emerge as a serious way of fishing among a great audience, Agie was there to encourage a course of action, a serious commitment to release for life. More>>
  Catch and release is the phrase du jour among world record seeking anglers. Check out three of the latest potential record-sized fish from Key West, Florida, Suriname, and Futtsu, Japan – all released alive after being documented for IGFA world record applications! More>>
  Mr. Fumiya Okuyama of Tokyo, Japan recently made IGFA history by becoming the first Japanese member of both the IGFA’s Salmon and Trout Royal Slam Clubs. With trips from his home country to Canada and the United States over 26 years, he completed his quest to catch six salmon and six trout species in October of 2012. More>>
  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Michael L. Farrior, Rancho Santa Fe, was elected and installed into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame by a committee of his peers, the Hall of Fame Circle of Chiefs. Farrior was cited for his volunteer work on behalf of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and Tuna Club of Avalon. More>>
  Global Rescue is pleased to announce a new partnership with the International Game Fish Association, a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible and ethical angling practices. As the ‘Official Emergency Medical and Evacuation Provider’ of IGFA, Global Rescue will offer the organization’s members…More>>
  The IGFA has officially approved the record application for the 193.68 kg (427 lb) yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) caught by Guy Yocom on September 28, 2012 while fishing aboard his boat, El Suertudo (“The Lucky One”). The boat was captained by Greg DiStefano, who put Yocom on the fish…More>>
  Thanks to grant funds provided by The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), IGFA was able to reach 634 underprivileged students from Banyan Elementary school in Sunrise, FL.  Banyan is a Title 1 school, which means more than half of the students are from low income families and are not…More>>
  IGFA President Rob Kramer and Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser are currently attending the 18th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Agadir, Morocco.  Billfish conservation measures are a hot topic this year, as the most recent stock assessments for blue and white marlin…More>>
  The IGFA World Records committee has a full plate of records to review this month, including these six saltwater and three freshwater highlights. Anglers Australia, Canada, French Guiana, and both coasts of the United States are eagerly awaiting word on these latest applications…More>>
  The first year of the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) has come to a close, with six tagging events helping to deploy 24 satellite tags in blue and black marlin in three oceans. A total of 12,070 nautical miles (nm) have thus far been tracked from the tags on these majestic game fish, but one tag…More>>
  On October 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Billfish Conservation Act into law, effectively banning the importation of all billfish into the continental United States. The signing marks the culmination of a united undertaking by a diverse coalition of angling and conservation organizations working in cooperation with a bipartisan…More>>
  After four years of work, recreational anglers and ocean conservationists can today celebrate a rare feat: the Billfish Conservation Act passed the Senate and is now headed to President Obama’s desk for his signature.  Very few bills have become law this Congress due to partisan disagreements, but the Billfish Conservation Act has been overwhelmingly supported…More>>
  Whether or not every fish in this month’s IGFA Hot Catches report – from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Ghana, Panama, Papua New Guinea and Alaska, Florida, and New Jersey in the United States – makes it into the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book, these anglers still have something to brag about – check out these catches! More>>
  Recreational anglers and ocean conservationists scored a big victory in Congress on Monday, September 10, 2012 as the Billfish Conservation Act passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives.  The bill still must pass the Senate where it has the support of both Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio as well as David Vitter of Louisiana and…More>>
  Two species – the pinima peacock and the unusual butterfly kingfish – are being considered for first-time IGFA World Records in this month’s Hot Catches report. Standing records for calico bass, roosterfish, white seabass and more are also being challenged as anglers from Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Mexico, and Alabama, California, and Wyoming...More>>
  With the passage of the Billfish Conservation Act in the Natural Resources Committee of the House of Representatives on August 1, 2012, the U.S. is close to taking a strong stand in the conservation of one of the ocean’s most magnificent apex predators. But there is more work to be done...More>>
  (Washington, D.C.) – Recreational anglers scored a big victory in Congress today as the Billfish Conservation Act advanced in the House of Representatives when it was unanimously approved by the Natural Resources Committee for future floor consideration. With only minor modifications, H.R. 2706, which was introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.)…More>>
  (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today encouraged the House Natural Resources Committee to pass the Billfish Conservation Act during their markup tomorrow, August 1, 2012. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is the House sponsor of the same bill Vitter has introduced in the Senate…More>>
  Standing records for swordfish, whiterock bass, largemouth bass, Atlantic halibut and more are being challenged in this month’s edition of the IGFA Hot Catches. This selection of the latest potential records from Australia, the Clipperton Atoll, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, and Florida and Nebraska in the United States…More>>
  The Australian Government is on the verge of locking all recreational anglers out of over 1.3 million square kilometres of Australia’s oceans for Marine Parks. These areas include internationally renowned iconic Game and Sport fishing locations such as Shark, Osprey, Marion and Kenn Reefs in the Coral Sea and…More>>
  This month’s IGFA Hot Catches report brings with it some incredible potential new world records, including a swordfish, a black drum, a dorado and more – plus an electric eel! Read on for some of the hottest recent catches made in Brazil, Congo, Guinea-Bissau, New Zealand, Uruguay, plus Delaware...More>>
  With summer in full swing, Ken Jones, President of United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC) and International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Historian and Trustee Michael Farrior, have announced locations and dates for their IGFA/UPSAC Young Anglers Tournament series…More>>
  The Mexican Congress has been conducting forums throughout Mexico and Baja for the past two years, seeking input from the sportfishing and commercial industry on the feasibility of  removing dorado from the list of species “reserved exclusively for sportfishing” which is outlined in the Mexican Fisheries law…More>>
  “Fishing is a soulful experience,” IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Stan Nabozny told the crowd at the IGFA World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) ceremony, presented by Hugh's Culinary. “There’s nothing like seeing a tarpon leap from the water, or an eagle fly down from the sky while you’re out on the water. I’m overwhelmed and honored to be among such passionate anglers.”..More>>
  Recreational anglers – whether weekend fishermen, world record hunters, or tournament competitors – are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to conserve the fish they love to pursue. As they call for more and better science to strengthen the health of fisheries the world over, they have also looked for ways…More>>
  “As we admire the legacy of our great sport commemorated in these halls, I can imagine no better place to celebrate the wonderful work that you all help support.” As IGFA President Rob Kramer welcomed guests to the 28th Annual International Auction & Banquet, he did so for the first…More>>