Tuesday, June 19, 2012

International Game Fish Association - HQ visit

Billfish statue outside IGFA Headquarters

IGFA Hall of Fish in the museum

While in South Florida for snook fishing, a first-ever visit to IGFA headquarters seemed like a worthy endeavor. The IGFA building is three stories tall, with the bottom two floors consisting of a large museum dedicated to the history of fishing. Many thanks to to the IGFA media team for giving me a tour of their extensive offices, and explaining the IGFA's latest outreach campaigns. The IGFA has a vast reach around the globe, monitoring fisheries and recording world records for game fish. A huge collection of fishing artwork graces the walls of the IGFA, and I can report Charleston's John Carroll Doyle has notched a spot in that display! The IGFA museum is quite impressive with it's Hall Of Fish (mounts) and the corresponding exhibits explaining tackle, tactics and the history of angling. Fast forward to modern technology, and the IGFA has put out a call for assistance in developing their latest IGFA App to recognize fish species. They ask for IGFA members to submit photos of their fish, because it takes a lot of photos to perfect the recognition app. Cheers to the IGFA for the parternship work they do with other organizations such as Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.

To view past blog entries about record fish in S.C. click here.
Marlin mount outside IGFA HQ
Example of fish pics that IGFA requests


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