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IGFTO is a charitable tax-exempt organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of game fish worldwide. We provide trained and insured observers to authenticate the "Catch & Release" of billfish & game fish during international big game fishing tournaments.


IGFTO Observer Chuck Evers calls a sailfish release in Guatemala. Photo provided by Richard Gibson.

International Game Fish Tournament Observers are professional and amateur sport fishermen trained by the International Game Fish Association in species identification and tournament rules. In the IGFTO's short six-year history, observers witnessed releases of 30,699 billfish.
Qualified applicants are welcomed to Join IGFTO.

IGFTO Observer Greg Moore watches as the boat backs down on a blue marlin in the Dominican Republic.
IGFTO Observer Greg Moore watches as the boat backs down on a blue marlin in the Dominican Republic.