"The primary criteria for induction into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame is that the individual has made a meaningful contribution to the sport of recreational angling over an extended period of time. The contribution can be made for example through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication, or administration of fishery resources. The nominee must demonstrate that he or she has espoused the angling ethical standards stated by the founders of the IGFA. While the goal is to induct the 5 most qualified individuals each year, it is important that the IGFA Hall of Fame represents the broad base of the sportfishing world. A representative balance should be created wherever possible between various aspects for our sport including but not limited to saltwater-freshwater; eastcoast-westcoast-gulfcoast; foreign-domestic; coldwater-warmwater; inshore-offshore, conservationist, scientist, industry etc."