The reality is that, as fishermen, we all simply just want to go fishing. Committing the time and resources to actively staying involved with fisheries issues and protecting our interests as recreational anglers is becoming more costly and time consuming each day. This is time not being spent on the water with a rod in our hand. So we are faced with a choice. Take the time to personally become involved, research and understand the issues, and participate in fisheries meetings, or enlist the aid of organizations like IGFA to help us do those things instead. I suggest both. But from a practical standpoint, our biggest bang for the buck can be realized through meaningful support of angling organizations. Here at IGFA, we continue to stay on top of the complex issues that impact our industry and the game fish we pursue so as to allow you, as an angler, more time on the water.
Here at IGFA, we continue to stay
on top of the complex issues that impact our industry and the game fish we pursue so as to allow you, as an angler,
more time on the water.
Regardless of where you fish in the world, out of necessity, we all are having to give more attention (and time) today to how our game fish and their habitats are being managed.
Whether it’s reduced access, reduced stock sizes or competing interests for the same stock, it seems like there is always something that is negatively impacting our recreational fishing opportunities. In addition to the long-time services we provide with regard to rules, records and game fish information, the part of our workload at IGFA dealing with these issues continues to expand. This is particularly the case with regard to the “international” highly migratory fisheries which are constantly under threat from the overcapitalized commercial fleets around the world.