Evan A. Hipsley, Jr.
Evan grew up fishing in both fresh and saltwater environments. He is an avid recreational fisherman, previously owned his own boat, and has fished and observed as a Captain, Angler, Mate, and Crew Member. He is home ported in Florida's Panhandle, Pensacola.
His recreational fishing has been concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fisheries commensurate with his assignments while in the U.S. Navy. Commander Hipsley retired in December 2015 after completing 33 years of service to our Nation. Sea duty is nothing new to Evan, he served at sea aboard 16 different classes of U.S. Navy ships (Aircraft Carriers, Cruisers, Amphibious Assault), fast-attack submarines, and one U.S.C.G. Cutter.
He is an advanced decision-maker, influential leader, research analyst, and possesses a postgraduate degree, Master’s level, in Information Technology. Evan joined IGFTO in 2014 after completing IGFA's Observer Training Course in Dania Beach, FL. He has facilitated the June 2018 and April 2019 Observer Training Courses in Pensacola, and is a Lifetime Member of both the IGFA and IGFTO. He has observed in Aruba, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. He has been recognized by both Virginia and North Carolina for gamefish releases, and is graduate of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Marine Resources Education Program (Fisheries Science, Management, and Aquaculture.)
He is an active member with the Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club where he served as Dock Master during the 2017 International Tournament, and is also an active member with the Orange Beach [Alabama] Sportfishing Club where he sits on the Board of Directors, is a recognized Past Vice President, and served as Weigh Master for the 2019 Kenny Vines Memorial Billfish Tournament.
Evan was invited to join the Board in late 2018, and was voted in at the Annual Board of Directors Meeting during February 2019 held in Costa Rica. He was re-elected by unanimous decision during the January 2020 annual Board of Director's Meeting in Los Sueños, Costa Rica to serve another two years on the IGFTO Board.
In February 2020, Evan was selected to serve a three-year term on the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel to advise the National Marine Fisheries Service on the collection and evaluation of information for developing and amending fishery management plans.