Kim StuartHong Kong, China
Kim Stuart started fishing offshore Kenya back in 1965. After moving to Hong Kong in 1986, he joined the Mandarin Sports Fishing Club (MSFC) where he served as Board Member and Chairman. In 2001 Stuart purchased Kidusi, a 46' Bertram and subsequently founded Tailchasers Sport Fishing Limited. Today, Stuart continues to promote the sport through his fishing operation and affiliation to the MSFC. He currently organizes two annual fishing tournaments were he introduces anglers to the IGFA mission and rules.
Philip C. YungHong Kong, China
As a member of the Mandarin Sport Fishing Club for over 20 years, Philip Yung has dedicated much time to introducing new anglers to the sport and educating them on concepts of ethical angling. Yung has participated in multiple regional fishing tournaments and continues to explore new fly fishing destinations around Asia.
Steven ZhangBeijing, China
As an IGFA Representative and manager at Mustad Fishing Gear, Steven Zhang has dedicated much time to the promotion of the sport. An IGFA Representative since 2010, he has assisted with the translation of multiple materials to better promote the IGFA in China. Zhang's goal is to continue to promote the sport, the IGFA, and the organization's mission and vision across China.
Bopanna PattadaBangalore, India
In 2006 Bopanna Pattada launched the IndianAngler.com fishing forum with the goal of educating fellow anglers on the importance of fisheries conservation. Today, Pattada's forum has grown into one of the most popular online fishing forums in India, highlighting important subjects like the economic benefits of recreational angling and the importance of resource conservation through proper catch-and-release practices. Pattada can often be found fishing the Cauvery River in South India-- home of one of the premier game fish in the country: the Mahseer.
Derek F. DsouzaBangalore, India
A passionate 15-year angler, Derek Dsouza is a trustee of the Mahseer Trust-- an organization committed to saving the Mahseer fish species. He has participated in a variety of conservation projects and actively promotes catch-and-release. He gives lectures and provides advice on angling to numerous fisheries agencies in India. Dsouza is dedicated to promoting sport fishing in India and encourages children to get involved and make a difference in recreational fishing and the environment.
Jean J. OhayonAshdod, Israel
Former Indian Ocean fishing guide Jean Ohayon is now a board member of the Israel Sportfishing Association. Ohayon defends the rights of sport fishing anglers and educates them about the need for conservation efforts in our sport.
Tomonori HigashiYokohama, Japan
A certified Master Fly Casting Instructor for Fly Fishers International (FFI), Tomonori Higashi hosts regular clinics and seminars. He contributes to several international fly fishing publications, translating from English to Japanese. He has translated such titles as "Fly Tier's Benchside Reference", "Trout Bum" by John Gierach, and "The Essence of Fly Casting"--considered the benchmark in fly casting instruction. Higashi fishes both fresh and salt water with fly tackle. He also works as the liaison between the Japan Game Fish Association and IGFA.
Tsutomu WakabayashiTokyo, Japan
After joining the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA) in 1985, Tsutomu Wakabayashi was one of the first to develop a tag-and-release program for Japanese game fish species. He has spent much of his fishing career educating fellow anglers on the significant value of tag-and-release programs for fisheries research and conservation. In 1998 Wakabayashi became the first Japanese to receive the IGFA Conservation Award. As an IGFA Representative, he hopes to further his conservation efforts to ensure the future of the sport.
Kiichiro NagashikiHiroshima, Japan
Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, Japan's Kiichiro Nagashiki began fishing as a child. He has been a regular competitor at the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament since 2003, and serves as chairman of the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA). In a rapidly modernizing world, he believes international cooperation between IGFA and JGFA is critical to ensuring a better angling environment in the future.
Yasunori HaraguchiKyshu & Okinawa Islands, Japan
Yasunori Haraguschi is an avid saltwater plug angler along Southern Japan's Kyushu and Okinawa islands who targets coastal and pelagic species. He is the president of the Team Angler fishing club on Amami Oshima Island. Because of its geographical isolation, the fishing culture on the island has a lot to learn regarding conservation of its marine resources. In Kyushu and Okinawa, Haraguschi helps plan tournaments and events employing IGFA rules so that participants can be exposed to the ethos of the organization.
Kohei YamamotoOsaka, Japan
After winning the Japan International Billfish Tournament in 1986, Kohei Yamamoto committed himself to promoting the sport and ethical angling through IGFA rules. He has been featured in multiple magazines and television shows, and is often asked to address symposiums and industry-related events where he introduces anglers to the concept of sustainable and ethical angling. Yamamoto has devoted much time to angler education and often visits local schools to introduce young children to the sport and help instill in them the ethic of resource conservation.
Shigeshi TanakaSaitama, Japan
"Expert anglers are not shaken; concentration is everything," says Shigeshi Tanaka who, in more than 50 years of angling, often compares sport fishing to the meditational mental state known as 'Zen'. Tanaka caught his first marlin in 1988 off Kailua Kona, Hawaii and has participated in various editions of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) ever since. He is a long-time member of the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA) where has served as director. As an IGFA Representative, Tanaka's focus is angler education and ensuring the future of the sport through instilling the conservation ethic in the next generation of anglers.
Eizo MaruhashiTokyo, Japan
Fly fishing enthusiast/multiple tournament winner Eizo Maruhashi has embraced the ethics and ideals of IGFA for more than 40 years. His understanding of how recreational anglers should behave and function is based on the backbone of IGFA ethics which he ardently promotes.
Ichiro TakahashiTokyo, Japan
Ichiro Takahashi has caught more than 850 billfish of nine species in the past 40 years-- most of them tagged and released alive. Takahashi is an ambassador for the Japan Game Fish Association and a big promoter of IGFA's rules, mission and vision.
Masutoshi IshimaruTokyo, Japan
Japan's Masutoshi Ishimaru fishes in both fresh- and saltwater--on fly rod and trolling conventional gear offshore--around the world. His main target is Japanese sea bass found in his home waters of Tokyo Bay, but during the summer he competes in numerous billfish tournaments. He regularly lectures on IGFA rules and the ethics of catch-and-release fishing and fish tagging to promote conservation and sportsmanship.
Sung-Su KimSeoul/Gyeonggi-do, Korea
From a young age Kim has sport-fished in Korean waters-- primarily with artificial lures. Kim is working hard to promote fishing in Korea under IGFA rules and principles by tapping into the social media pipeline and promoting the Korean fishery in larger markets such as the United States.
Christopher S. TanSelangor, Malaysia
Christopher Tan is a freelance writer and photographer who has published numerous articles in various angling magazines and web-based publications where he often promotes conservation-minded fishing practices like catch-and-release. An expert fly fisherman, Tan became the first angler to catch a sailfish on fly in the busy Malacca Straits in 2003. As an IGFA Representative, Tan's goal is to promote the importance of conservation and ethical angling practices to ensure the future of the sport for generations to come.