The IGFA Award was created in partnership with Wildlife Forever’s Fish Art Contest to promote youth education through fish, fishing, and aquatic conservation. IGFA is a nonprofit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rulemaking, record keeping, and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling.
The IGFA Debris Division was created on behalf of the IGFA’s Habits for Habitats initiative and the Plastic Portraits Project to raise awareness within the recreational angling community, and beyond, that we need healthy habitats for healthy fisheries. Over the past several years, there has been an increased focus and global effort to understand how plastic debris is affecting different wildlife in both fresh and saltwater habitats. Ingestion and entanglement are the direct and deadly effects of pollution on marine mammals, birds, sea turtles, and many fish species. The IGFA is launching this program in an effort to help raise awareness of these issues and encourage members of the recreational community to get involved.
To learn more about the IGFA’s Habits for Habitats program, please click here.