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May 04, 2006

Upcoming IGFA events: Calendar of Future IGFA Events

Update your calendars, upcoming IGFA events...

May 7 ­ 12, 2006 --- Seventh Annual Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. -- Fishing-s most prestigious billfish tournament hosts more than 60 winning teams from up to 40 countries on six continents who have qualified by winning one of 110 IGFA sanctioned events held in 2005. This tournament is the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Ms. Lynda Wilson at 954-924-4233 or <> ; or Rolex/IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or
May 30 -- July 28, 2006 --- IGFA-s nine weekly Summer Camps begin, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA ­ This is the seventh year of the IGFA-s popular nine weekly camps held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13.  Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting activities.  Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Before and after-care
is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.   Pre-registration is required.
A $25 discount will be given if registered and paid by May 12th. For more information, go to the IGFA summer camp website at <> . There-s a maximum of 45 children per week, so parents are encouraged to reserve early.
Registration is available online at <> , by calling (954) 924-4309 or via email at

June 18 ­ 20, 2006 --- Fourth Annual Mercury/IGFA Junior Angler World Championship Tournament, Key West, Fla., USA -- This event hosts girls and boys, ages five to 16, who have advanced to this all-release championship by winning one of over 30 qualifying fishing tournaments held in the U.S. and several countries in 2005. Anglers ages five -10 compete in the smallfry division; ages 11-16 in the junior division. The youngsters caught and released 920 fish in the 2005 championship. Accompanied by a parent and guided by local IGFA approved Florida Keys captains, the young anglers fish in pairs with another junior or small fry angler over two days for a variety of 23 eligible five-to-25 point species. Contact Peter Gaube, IGFA Junior Angler coordinator 954-927-2628 or <>  or Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or
July 9 ­ 12, 2006 --- Sixth Annual Rolex/IGFA Inshore Championship Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA -- The winners of more than 55 IGFA qualifying tournaments held in 2005 on four continents are invited to compete in this three day all release championship. They are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment while vying for Rolex timepieces, prizes and the prestigious title. Contact: tournament coordinator Ms. Denise Hartman 954-927-2628 or; or Pete Johnson, Rolex/IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or

September 20 ­ 22, 2006 --- Mediterranean Congress of Sea Game Fishing, Palma de Mallorca, Spain --  Esteban Graupera, the IGFA Representative for Spain and President, Federacion Mediterranea Para Una Pesca Responsible, is organizing the First Mediterranean Congress of Sea Game Fishing.  Among the objectives of the Congress will be to define the recreational fishing activity in the Mediterranean and determine relative economic, social and environmental policies; evaluate the applications of recreational fishing and how to apply them to sustainable tourism; responsible fishing and self regulation; socioeconomic monitoring; along with possible alternatives for the commercial fishing sector. Preceding the conference on September 19th, the IGFA will host a workshop and meeting for IGFA staff and representatives from Europe For more information email Graupera at or go to

October 24, 2006 --- Eighth annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, at the IGFA headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla., U.S.A. -- Honorees are annually selected for their important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2006 class and dinner.  For reservation information please call Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222.

November 1 - 3, 2006 --- IGFA Brazilian Sportfishing Conference, Vitoria, Brazil --- Many segments of Brazil-s recreational fishing community will gather to discuss the current state of Brazil-s fisheries. The conference will include addressing topics such as the historical and current status of recreational fishing in Brazil; species and locations of special interest to recreational anglers; the economic value of recreational fishing in Brazil; existing or potential negative ramifications from Brazil-s expanding recreational fisheries, catch and release policies and technologies plus more. Portuguese and English translators will be on-site for the presentations and panel discussions. Following the conference on Nov. 4, the IGFA will host a workshop and meeting for IGFA staff and IGFA representatives from Brazil. For more information regarding attending or presenting a talk, please contact Jason Schratwieser, IGFA conservation director at

January 26, 2007 --- 23rd Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Fla., USA, -- A wide range of more than 250 live and silent auction items are featured in the premier fundraising event of the year for the nonprofit, worldwide membership-supported conservation and record-keeping organization.  For reservation information for the auction and banquet please call Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or via email