IGFA Offers Free Memberships During COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Fishing Industry News

IGFA offers free memberships during COVID-19 pandemic; Shimano offers scholarships; and financial impact of 2020 Bassmaster Classic.

IGFA Offers Free Memberships During COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Fishing Industry News

IGFA Offers Free Memberships During COVID-19 Pandemic

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recently announced that it will be offering digital memberships at no cost for a limited time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our goal is to provide anglers with exclusive angling-related content while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep many of us off the water and concerned about the financial implications of this situation,” said IGFA President Jason Schratwieser.

Typically priced at $20 per year, this free membership gives you three months of access to all the IGFA's online publications.

To learn more about this limited time membership, click here.


Shimano Offers Scholarships for High School, College Bass Anglers

Shimano continues a key initiative of its ‘Varsity Program’ with a scholarship program for students pursuing careers in fisheries, conservation and natural resource management. Complete information and the downloadable application form can now be found on the Shimano website at: Shimano-B.A.S.S. Scholarship Program

Hyla notes the scholarships are for studies beginning in fall 2020, with up to 10 $1,000 scholarships going to U.S. and Canadian high school seniors, college undergraduate students and graduate students who are members of B.A.S.S. and majoring in biology, fisheries, wildlife or a natural resource-related fields. Winners will be notified by July 1. The Varsity Program is in its fourth year.

For more information on the Shimano Varsity Program contact Frank Hyla at fhyla@shimano.com.


2020 Bassmaster Classic Generates More Than $35 Million for Birmingham, Alabama

After setting records as one of the best-attended Classics in history, the 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk has also bested previous numbers for economic impact, generating an economic windfall of $35.9 million according to the host community in Birmingham, Alabama.

Long considered the most important event in sportfishing, the Bassmaster Classic also has established itself as a huge economic boon for host communities.

According to numbers released by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Classic provided a direct economic impact of $20.8 million and an indirect boost in business sales of $15.1 million. The total Classic Week attendance was 122,814.

“It meant so much to us to host the 50th Classic here in our home state of Alabama,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO.


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