16 New Observers Join IGFTO

Delray Beach, FL hosts last Observer Course for 2019

November 9, 2019, Delray Beach, Florida.

IGFTO Directors Bob Stimolo, Art McDonald, Terry O'Neill, and Evan Hipsley alongwith Tournament Director Rick Alvarez co-facilitated the last Observer Training Course for calendar year 2019.  Captains and Fisherpeople looking to participate in big game tournaments traveled from FL, GA, MA, NJ, NY, and OH to attend the half-day interactive course in order to join the International Game Fish Tournament Observers.

IGFTO's goal as an association of game fish tournament observers is to strongly support the existing international game fish tournaments held around the world which advocate release and conservation of the species.

"Our mission, as Tournament Observers, is to dedicate our efforts to the conservation and protection of Game Fish. The organization advocates for release venues in all international game fish tournaments. We support programs that study and protect game fish. We promote education about game fish preservation in the public and private sectors.

Our membership champions other charitable organizations and foundations with similar conservation goals and programs. We are organized to become a conduit for their conservation programs and generate funding sources for their causes."

Mr. Rick Alvarez, International Billfish Tournament Director, was on hand to provide his experiences with the class and emphasize what tournament fishing conditions can be like. He also spoke of his upcoming Casa de Campo Blue Marlin tournament that will be held in the Dominican Republic in April 2020.

The next course is scheduled for January 25, 2020 in Delray, Beach FL. For more information, navigate to: https://www.igfto.org/news/2/Observer-Training-Courses-Schedule