The International Game Fish Association (IGFA), founded in 1939, is a non-profit organization with a mission to conserve game fish and promote ethical angling practices. They achieve this through a multifaceted approach that includes scientific research, education, rulemaking, and record-keeping.
The IGFA has been instrumental in conservation efforts for various species, notably billfish, forage fish, golden dorado, and roosterfish. They advocate for science-based policies that benefit both anglers and fish populations. Education is a core aspect of their work, offering programs like Passports to Fishing clinics, online courses, and youth fishing camps. They also maintain world records for game fish, ensuring that these achievements are attained through ethical angling practices outlined in their International Angling Rules.
Recently, the IGFA expanded its conservation initiatives by collaborating with youth-angling education leaders and participating in global efforts such as the America the Beautiful Initiative (30×30) to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. With its rich history and ongoing dedication to sustainable angling, the IGFA plays a vital role in game fish conservation and the responsible enjoyment of this popular sport.