Established in 1939, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is a nonprofit, organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making, record keeping and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling. While the organization is rooted in record keeping, rulemaking and game fish conservation, in recent years the IGFA has put new emphasis on educating anglers, especially youth, on the principles of ethical angling and environmental stewardship. The IGFA is approaching its 80th anniversary on June 7, 2019 and has announced five anniversary initiatives. One key initiative is to teach 100,000 youth around the world to fish to help establish the next generation of educated, ethical, and accomplished anglers.
IGFA's online courses are designed for youth or for anyone who would like to get involved with the sport and learn more about fishing. Training will be provided on basic and advanced fishing techniques, the conservation of game fish and their habitats, ethical angling practices, and the importance of environmental stewardship. The goal is to not only educate but to encourage youth to get back outside and involved in the sport of angling!