Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF)
Natural disasters demonstrate the devastating impacts that catastrophic weather, fire and seismic events can have on the international recreational angling community. Anywhere in the world, on any day, at any time, a thriving recreational fishery can become a wasteland in a matter of hours in a major natural disaster. And the people who often create those recreational fisheries — the captains, guides, crews and outfitters who depend on recreational fishing for their livelihoods— often find themselves in the center of the storm.
To address the impacts of these disasters and be prepared to respond to future catastrophes, the IGFA created the Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF) in 2017 with its partners at Costa Sunglasses. To date, the WARF has disbursed a total of $46,000 to recreational angling associations in the Florida Keys, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Florida Panhandle to help local captains and guides recover from Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Maria and Michael, respectively.
The IGFA is currently preparing to make an additional disbursement to those in The Bahamas impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
The WARF accepts donations from the global recreational angling community and make grants to local angling organizations and associations to speed recovery efforts and get captains, guides, mates and anglers back out on the water. Grant decisions will be made by IGFA leadership in consultation with major WARF supporters and local representatives in impacted areas. Additionally, purchasing #OneCoast products from our partners at Costa Sunglasses is another way to help raise funds for the WARF.
The IGFA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations may be tax deductible depending on your jurisdiction. To donate by phone, contact Eric Combast, IGFA Development Director, at 954-924-4325.