Iain J. NicolsonLuanda, Angola
After studying microbiology and genetics at England's Liverpool University, Iain Nicolson returned to Angola and spent 25 years operating his family business. His main passion is billfishing and competing in billfish tournaments, but he also really enjoys fishing for giant African threadfin and tarpon. Nicolson works to ensure that correctly-certified scales are always available in Luanda and Lobito, Angola. Working with The Billfish Foundation and IGFA, Nicolson has converted the billfishery from all-kill to 99 percent catch-and-release. Recently he and his brother Cam started Game Fishing Angola-- a charter business catering to traveling fishermen.
Georges CambanisDouala, Cameroon
Georges Cambanis is IGFA's second Representative in Cameroon. Cambanis, a long time Captain whose boat tagged the most fish one season, worked closely in the past with the Centre Pêche Sportive Douala (C.P.S.D.) and has plans to do more. He helped organize the last three major sport fishing tournaments in Kribi, Cameroon that are strictly catch and release, and is on tap to help run next years' 19eme Challenge de Pêche Sportive tournament. Cambanis' goals are to continue the work his brother Heinrich (IGFA Representative for Gabon) began such as educating the local population about releasing billfish and developing a successful and sustainable sportfishing industry off Africa's west coast.
Bruno E. TubandLibreville, Gabon
Bruno Tuband has fished all over the globe; among his favorite destinations are Mexico, Panama, Madagascar and Guinea-Bissau. A former IGFA world record holder, he is a promoter of catch-and-release practices and often educates fellow anglers on ethical fishing practices and the importance of sustainable fishing. As a Representative he wants to help educate anglers in Gabon about IGFA's international angling rules and help promote fisheries conservation.
Arno MattheeRepublic of Congo
Arno is the Guide and Director of "The Guides Company", a company that provides fully guided and tailored made fishing trips to multiple destinations worldwide. Arno, who's passion is fly fishing, has developed several innovative fly patterns for different species, like the GT flashy profile, crab patterns and freshwater flies. He has written several articles on various species like tarpon, indo pacific permit, milkfish, yellow fish and fly tying, and has been featured in prestigious magazines such as Wild on the Fly, Complete Fly Fisher Man and Fly Fishing in Salt Water. As an IGFA Representative Arno hopes to help expand the IGFA membership in his area and further promote conservation practices. Arno is also set to start a tarpon tagging program in West Africa this year.
Laurent DurrisBijagos, Guinea-Bissau
Laurent Durris, a passionate and professional sport fisherman who has always admired the work of IGFA, resides year-round at his fishing lodge in the Bijagos archipelago, located off the northwest coast of Guinea-Bissau in western Africa. Born in France, but raised partially in the Ivory Coast, Durris was from a young age captivated by the pristine aquatic world of western Africa which boasts many very large fish, with some of the best catches being tarpon up to 265 lb. For this very reason, Durris, who practices catch and release, would like to further promote the incredible potential to catch world record game fish in Guinea-Bissau. Locally Durris has worked with international and national NGOs to promote overall environmental and conservation awareness in the archipelago, however he is most aware of the need to instill a strong catch and release ethic throughout the local population in country. Recently Durris became manager of the Orango Parc Hotel in the northern part of the archipelago - now operated by the Luc Hoffman Foundation - with the objective being to make the operation accessible to scientists, eco-tourists and sport fisherman. As the local intermediary, Durris is working with authorities to develop fishing regulations for two abundant protected areas within the Orango National Park.
Andrew J. NightingaleNjoro, Kenja
Avid fisherman Andrew Nightingale embarks on numerous treacherous safaris to beautiful parts of the Kenyan and Ugandan wilderness to discover new places to fish. He is very knowledgeable on IGFA rules and regulations and a strong proponent of catch-and-release. He has spent years educating others on the fundamentals of fishing-- including rods, rigs and tackle, handling, weighing and safe release of live healthy fish. Nightingale has been instrumental in IGFA's work to identify and catalogue the diverse species of freshwater fish in Africa.
Jean ChahineMonrovia, Liberia
Jean Chahine has been fishing since 1970 and has taken an active leadership role in recreational fishing in Liberia. He is a member and former president of the Jim Holder Memorial Marine Club in Monrovia which is an IGFA Fellow Club. Chahine plans to educate anglers on IGFA rules and responsible angling practices in hopes to increase conservation of the marine resources as well as increase IGFA membership in Liberia.
Frederic CamoinRiviere Noire-Mauritius
Frederic is the operator of the No Limit, a big game fishing charter in Mauritius. Frederic who started fishing at the young age of 2, has competed in multiple fishing tournaments around the world and in 2011 was selected the top angler for the World Billfish Series (WBS) for the Pacific division. A member of the Le Morne Anglers Club, Frederic is a member of the Club's tournament organizing committee. As an IGFA Representative Frederic hopes to introduce the IGFA to local anglers and promote ethical angling practices. Frederic also plans to start educational programs for children in Mauritius, to teach future generations about the importance of conservation.
Cyril CalendiniDakar, Senegal
Eric DubouchetDakar, Senegal
Eric Dubouchet began fishing 40 years ago and today he owns a boat building company and three fishing centers. He is a member and treasurer of the Senegalese Federation of Sport Fishing (FSPS) and an organizer of the Ngor Marlin Cup and Terrou-bi Marlin Open. In Senegal he has assisted in creating artificial reefs from wrecks, creating fishing camps and assisted in studying fish populations. Dubouchet is also active in Guinea-bissau where he implemented a program of systematic catch and release.
Faizal Y. SulemanVictoria, Seychelles
Faizal Yakub Suleman is IGFA's Representative in the Seychelles Islands, an archipelago of 115 tropical islands located in the Indian Ocean boasting exquisite fishing grounds. Suleman was taught how to fish by his mother, who took her children to the beach to fish and keep them away from any trouble. Suleman is keen on promoting and developing the fabulous sport fishing found in these virgin islands, while encouraging people to enjoy the art of fishing and conserve stocks for the enjoyment of the next generation of anglers. As an advisor to the National Rotary Club of Victoria, Seychelles, a sponsor of annual charity fishing tournaments, Suleman is now working on removing shark from the list of species caught for prizes, since the stock has been depleted so much due to finning and over fishing. Suleman, experienced on both light and heavy tackle, has been called a friend of the fishing and boating communities for over two decades and a most enthusiastic angler!
Erwin BursikDurban, South Africa
John M. PledgerRandburg, South Africa
Eugene C. KrugerPretoria, South Africa
Eugene C. Kruger is Editor-in-Chief for All Lion (Pty) Ltd. in Johannesburg, South Africa-- the publisher of leisure fishing magazines The Bank Angler, The Bass Angler, The Carp Angler and Tight Lines. He is strictly a recreational angler targeting bass, Mozambique tilapia, sharptooth catfish and largemouth yellowfish--holding the IGFA All Tackle world record for Mozambique tilapia since 2003. Since his appointment as an IGFA Representative during the tenure of the late Elwood K. Harry, he has promoted the interests of the IGFA with emphasis on the association's freshwater section and campaigned successfully for the inclusion of the sharptooth catfish in line-class records.
Jason AlexiouDar es Salaam, Tanzania
Jason Alexiou has been lucky to turn his passion into a career by working in various charter operations along the Tanzanian coast. He serves as an officer of the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club, one of the biggest fishing/yacht clubs in Tanzania. An avid angler and conservationist, he has worked with the Ministry of Fisheries on issues of illegal fishing. He currently holds two IGFA world records.