Over in Dom's thread re the recent changes in bluefin regs, we got to the point where we were talking about the desire to have an organization that would provide us with more influence over the decision-making process. Rather than re-invent the wheel, did some research on what fishing-related organizations are ALREADY out there that might already have some or all of the right characteristics (commitment, the right message, MONEY, and influential friends/members). The one that stuck out was the IGFA. In particular, I don’t see them involved in these very important decisions being made by the NMFS. Yet, here is their mission statement:
"The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping."
Big, global, probably the best funded (it would appear), and seems to have a decent message. Also probably the best-recognized fishing org worldwide by the public. If you look at their website, they have lots of activity around fisheries management, including various statements re tuna and ICCAT. In fact, they seem to have some very strong positions regarding the use of catch shares for recreational fishing. BUT, they seem to be missing in action here. I don’t get it. They seem to be a perfect vehicle for what we’d like. Maybe I’m naïve or just uninformed. Anybody know what I’m missing?