Conservation Award

Each year at the IGFA International Auction & Banquet, the IGFA honors outstanding achievers in conservation, light and heavy tackle, and sportsmanship. To make a nomination for any of the following awards, please contact IGFA headquarters at 954-927-2628 or [email protected].

The IGFA Conservation Awards were established in 1993 and given to honor those who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the cause of conservation in the freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing communities.

American Sportfishing Association (1999) Tim Choate (2013) Tom Fote (1997) Bob Kurz (2012) Dr. Marcos Ostrander (2000) Shimano (2011)
Captain Al Anderson (1996) Club Nautico Guatemala and the Asociacion de Pesca Deportiva Guatemala (2009) Scott Furman (1996) Gerry Leach (2005) Monty Padilla (2005) Eddie Smith (2001)
Terri Kittredge Andrews (1997) Coastal Conservation Association (2007) Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest (1996) Rachel Lightbourne (2011) The Government of Panama (President Ernesto Perez Balladares) (1999) Minerva Saenz Smith (2008)
Jose “Pepe” Anton (2002) Confederación Española de Pesca Marítima de Recreo Responsible Spain (2010) Esteban Graupera (2007) Long Island Sound Alliance (1998) Dr. Julian Pepperell (1999) Sacha Tolstoi (1993)
Aquatic Release Network (2006) Costa del Mar Sunglasses (2005) Gardner Grant (1997) Will Martin (1995) Dick Pool (2009) United Anglers of Southern California (2004)
The Government of Australia (2000) Joseph F. Culliman III (2004) Dr. John Graves (2007) Ricardo Martinelli, President of the Republic of Panama (2011) Puerto Rico Sportfishing Association (2000) The Government of Venezuela (1997)
George Barley (1996) C.M. “Rip” Cunningham (1994) Peter Goadby (1998) Frank Mather (2000) Richard S. Reagan (1995) Joan Vernon (2001)
Pete Barrett (2000) Larry Dahlberg (1999) Country of Guatemala (2002) Greg McIntosh (2010) George Reiger (2000) Ralph “Agie” Vicente (2004)
Bass Pro (2008) Jim Donofrio (Recreational Fishing Alliance) (2003) Elwood K. Harry (1993) Stanley Meltzoff (1996) John Rybovich (1994) Orri Vigfusson/North Atlantic Salmon Fund (2005)
Marsha Bierman (1993) Albia Dugger (1995) Robert T. Healey (Viking Yachts) (2003) Mercury Marine (2004) Carl Safina (2001) US Senator David Vitter (2013)
Dr. Barbara Block (2002) Robert A. Eakes (1998) Hell’s Bay Boatworks (2010) Jeff Merrill (2000) Salt Water Sportsman Magazine (2001) Tsutomu Wakabayashi (Japan Game Fish Association) (1998)
Bonefish Tarpon Trust (2012) Dr. Sylvia A. Earle (1996) George T. Hommell Jr. (2003) US Representative Jeff Miller (2013) Jack Samson (1996) Jim and Kelly Watt (1994)
Luis Bulnes (2006) Marco and Tracy Ehrenberg (1995) Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (2014) National Coalition for Marine Conservation (2013) William Sawynok (2009) Dick Weber (1997)
Capt. Bubba Carter (1993) Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich (2001) International Women’s Fishing Association (IWFA) (2002) Dr. Ken Neill III (2014) Ray Scott (1994) Whirling Disease Foundation (2000)
Francisco Rangel Castelazo (1995) Federation of Fly Fishers (2006) Evan Jones (2010) The Government of New Zealand (1998) Congressman John Shadegg (2011) Karl Wickstrom (1995)
Catskill Flyfishing Center Museum (2002) FishBase (Drs. Daniel Pauly & Rainer Froese) (2008) King Sailfish Mounts (2014) Paxson “Packy” Offield (2008) Bill Shedd (AFTCO Manufacturing Company) (1999) Joan Wulff (1993)
Center for Coastal Conservation (2011) William Feinberg (2000) Ann Kunkel (1994)