5 Fishing Conservation Groups for Recreational Anglers

By Debbie Hanson

Nov 08, 2015

Fishing conservation groups are focused on helping anglers to become knowledgeable stewards of our natural aquatic resources.

Fishing conservation groups are focused on helping anglers to become knowledgeable stewards of our natural aquatic resources. Many of these groups hold regularly scheduled meetings and provide educational resources to the community — all covering topics that pertain to fishing and conservation.

One of the major reasons for getting involved with fishing conservation groups is that you can learn more about conservation challenges and volunteer opportunities of particular interest in your region or area.

If you are passionate about the conservation of a certain fish species or specific conservation-related challenge, these organizations can provide the means to help you turn your passion into action.

Keep reading to get better acquainted with five organizations that offer educational outreach programs for recreational anglers.

  1. The International Game Fish Association. The International Game Fish Association is focused on the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping throughout the world. Based in Dania Beach, FL, the IGFA also holds a fishing summer camp for junior anglers, hosts family fishing days, and sends IGFA staff into the local school systems as part of a classroom outreach program.

  2. Coastal Conservation Association. The purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of those coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. CCA currently has 17 coastal state chapters spanning the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic seaboard, and the Pacific Northwest.

  3. Trout Unlimited. Trout Unlimited is a national non-profit organization that has chapters and councils across the U.S. that are dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. TU's staff and volunteers work to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain trout and salmon habitat on behalf of today’s anglers and coming generations of sportsmen and women who value the connection between healthy, intact habitat and angling opportunity.

  4. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. As one of the world's largest conservation grant-makers, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation works with both public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.

  5. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. The mission of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is to conserve and enhance global bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and their environments through stewardship, research, education and advocacy. Members of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust include anglers from over 20 countries, researchers throughout the world, and fishing guides that are committed to working with BTT in order to educate anglers and gather data while on the water.

Now that you know about five fishing conservation groups that you can get involved with, pick one and attend a meeting or event near you. If you are looking for other local fishing resources or educational programs, just select a state and find the resources you need.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.