IGFA Relocating Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit

     Got an email the other day from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) letting members know that the board has decided to move the Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit from sunny Florida to Springfield, Missouri.  It will be setup in a new wildlife museum and aquarium that is being built by the great Johnny Morris (think Bass Pro Shops).  This move is considered a partnership that will allow the Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit to have the financial power of Bass Pro behind it, exposing it to many more anglers and sportsman.  It will also allow the IGFA to free up resources and maintenance costs associated with the exhibit and focus them on core programs like, record management, angler education, rules, and game fish management world wide.  This doesn't come as a surprise to many since the board members have been in discussion with Bass Pro about this move for several months now.  
     The South Florida IGFA Facility will still be owned and operated by the IGFA and will continue to house the E. K. Harry Library of Fishes the largest collection of books, films, and photographs on recreational fishing anywhere in the world.  As well as housing a new convention center, record keeping facilities, and general office space.
     This is a wonderful strategic move by the IGFA in an ever changing business climate.  I for one am happy to see that the management of the IGFA is willing to make these kind of necessary changes to safeguard the future of ethical angling, education, and record keeping on an international level.  I encourage all anglers to consider joining the IGFA.  Your support will ensure that our children and grandchildren have the same angling opportunities we now take for granted.
     Tight Lines.

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