2017 IGFA Conservation Award - Niels Erichsen

Niels Erichsen has worked tirelessly on billfish conservation in Guatemala. He was a leader in the push to create the National Commission for the Protection of Billfish. The Commission-- made up of government agencies, universities and sport fishing representatives-- helps cement regulations prohibiting commercial fishing for sailfish in Guatemala. This important commission now serves as a conservation model for all of Central America.