Kurt J. HoelzlVienna, Austria
Mohamed ZoheirCairo, Egypt
Mohamed Zoheir is the IGFA's newest representative in Saudi Arabia. Mohamed sells medical supplies in Saudi Arabia. He began fishing as a child and has fished in several areas of the world. His most memorable catch was a swordfish from the Red Sea. Zoheir plans to expand the knowledge of the IGFA rules to the fishing community in Saudi Arabia and to also increase conservation awareness in that area. He also hopes to create an IGFA community and fishing club in the Middle East and bring in some fishing tournaments to the area to increase interest in our sport. We welcome Mohamed as our Representative to Saudi Arabia.
Mohamed S. El-SehrawyGieza, Egypt
Mohamed El-Sehrawy began fishing in Egypt's Suez Gulf when he was five years old. He progressed to a small boat and soon began fishing offshore of Port Said. In 1969, he joined the biggest fishing club in Egypt at the time, The Egyptian Shooting & Fishing Club, where he served as a board member. He joined the IGFA in 1978 and founded the Egyptian Angling Federation in 1983 to better promote IGFA principles of ethical angling. He continues to promote fishing in his country, working with local governments and agencies to educate anglers about sustainable fishing.
Endrik TõnsbergTallinn, Estonia
Since 2003, Endrik Tonsberg has served as the chairman of the Estonian Sport Fishing Federation-- a not-for-profit organization representing the interests of the Estonian sport fishing community in Estonia and Europe. Tonsberg is a passionate angler and committed to the promotion of ethical and conservation-oriented fishing practices.
Pekka SaloHelsinki, Finland
Journalist/photographer Pekka Salo started fishing at a young age, later traveling to top fishing spots in Europe, Asia, and North, Central and South America. Salo's work has been published in some of the world's most renowned fishing magazines. He currently writes for Metsästys ja Kalastus (Hunting and Fishing) magazine in his home country of Finland.
Constant GuigoAntibes, France
Philippe DolivetCommana, Brittany, France
Philippe Dolivet is the former Editor-in-Chief of Plaisirs de la Pêche-- the magazine of French fly-fishing. He has extensive fly fishing experience as a guide, journalist and photographer in more than 35 countries around the world. His understanding of European fly-fishing is tremendous, encompassing trout, grayling, Atlantic salmon, pike, sea bass, carp, shad, and largemouth bass. A professional guide and instructor, Dolivet lives in Brittany where he promotes IGFA's mission and vision as often as possible and is a reference for anyone wanting to know more about the IGFA's fly fishing rules and world record application process.
Yann GiulioEur-et-Loir, France
Yann's passion has always been fishing, since an early age he was fascinated by the different techniques, types of tackle and different species of fish they could bring. His pursue for different fishing adventures has taken him all around the world, from the USA and French Guyana to Costa Rica and England, he has gained knowledge from each one of his destinations. Yann's love for the sport has also taught him the importance of conservation, and he along with other fellow conservation minded anglers conduct a yearly fishing camp for children, where they explain the importance of ethical angling practices and teach catch-and-release techniques. A well-known carp angler in Europe, Yann is often present in the angling community media where he promotes conservation initiatives. As an IGFA Representative Yann hopes to be able to expand the IGFA reach in France and continue working toward the preservation of fish in Europe.
Stephan Gian Dombaj
Vernocchi CarloZanzibar, Tanzania
Enrico CapozziMilan, Italy
Enrico Capozzi has been a professional angler since the mid 1970s and his travels have taken him to every continent and every ocean on the planet. Capozzi holds world records in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and has over 10,000 billfish releases. He is an active promoter of conservation and as an IGFA Representative is committed to the promotion of the sport and IGFA rules.
Luca BonfantiMilan, Italy
Luca Bonfanti has held two IGFA world records for dentex and one for dusky grouper. He was also the first to deploy a satellite tag on a Mediterranean spearfish during the IGFA Great Marlin Race. The Billfish Foundation honored him as top tag-and-release angler in 1996 and 2004 for Mediterranean spearfish. He is the president and founder of the Maguro-San Foundation-- dedicated to encouraging a passion for fishing and proper handling of fish for consumption. Bonfanti was sponsor and organizer of the 2006 IGFA European Representatives meeting in Milano.
Paolo PacchiariniMilan, Italy
Paolo Pachiarini of Milan, Italy began fishing at age six and evolved into an enthusiastic fly fisherman. The long-time IGFA member has scored several world records. Pacchiarini regularly authors articles in Italian and foreign fly-fishing magazines and has appeared on Italian fishing television shows.
Gianfranco SantoliniRimini, Italy
Gianfranco Santolini is the President of Big Game Italia and Treasurer of the Rimini Yacht Club, one of the first established yacht clubs in Italy. As an active champion of the marine recreational fishing community, Santolini has been in the process of developing a recreational saltwater fishing license for Italian anglers. He hopes his affiliation and work with IGFA will help achieve this goal, primarily in order to help with management of recreational fish stocks in the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas. Santolini has been involved in many conservation efforts, including the tagging of baby sharks in the Adriatic Sea, in cooperation with N.O.A.A. Santolini is also hoping to organize an international tournament with cooperation from Slovenia, Croatia, Germany and Italy, next year in Croatian waters.
Roberto RipamontiRome, Italy
Professional airline pilot Roberto Ripamonti is a prolific angling author with 11 books, 550 videos and over 2000 articles in some of Europe's best-known fishing magazines. The IGFA Representative's goal is to promote ethical fishing practices, help support modern and sustainable recreational fishing, and continue his efforts to prevent poaching.
Giacomo FortiSan Benedetto, Italy
For nearly 20 years Giacomo Forti has promoted ethical angling practices and game fish conservation in Italy through his fishing club Cicolo Nautico Sambenedettese. Forti's introduction to the IGFA came at the Offshore World Championship in 2000. Since then, Forti has hosted several successful tournaments in Italy that have helped to raise money supporting the IGFA Great Marlin Race in the Mediterranean.
Alvis Birkovs gained enormous experience in various fisheries around the world-- earning an IGFA world record for a 1.14-kilogram (two-pound, eight-ounce) grayling (Thymallus thymallus). A former Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Anglers Association, he serves as IGFA Representative for the Republic of Latvia, where he promotes the organization's objectives, angling rules, and conservation and education programs for young anglers. He also serves on parliament and government commissions and ministry working groups.
Lifelong angler/ fly fisherman Eric Arbogast's involvement in the angling industry includes the retail, tackle manufacturing, and educational sectors-- teaching the basics of fly casting and fly fishing. His articles on product testing and other topics are published primarily in online media. His goal as a representative of the IGFA is to improve and sustain the conservation of Luxembourg watersheds by educating fellow anglers. Considering the diminutive size of his home country, his mission will transcend borders, as most local waters are not exclusive to Luxembourg.
Alberto Salvini started fishing at age five and has been fly-fishing exclusively since 1981. As a freelance journalist, he turned his passion into a career, traveling to the best fishing locations on six continents. Salvini has been published in fishing magazines around the world and has appeared on various fishing shows where he demonstrates fly-tying and fishing techniques. He works as a consultant for international companies in the fly fishing industry and promotes conservation and ethical angling at industry events.
Guy De Levis MirepoixMonte Carlo, Monaco
Sahiaoui FouadCasablanca, Morocco
Sahiaoui Fouad is a world renowned fly angler with a total of 17 IGFA world records caught across the globe. As a conservationist, Fouad has provided over 200 white marlin genetic samples to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and has been an active participant in the IGFA Great Marlin Race.
Peter C. Ouwendijk
Attorney Peter Ouwendíjk's love and passion for fishing has taken him all over the world. He promotes IGFA rules and regulations and frequently guides Dutch anglers through the paperwork of their record applications. Ouwendijk is a board member of the Saltwater Dutch Record Committee (NCRZ). He serves on the board and specimen committee of the Netherlands section of the European Federation of Sea Anglers (EFSA) where he is Honorary Solicitor.
Jaime Luís Fernandes CostaFaro, Portugal
Les GallagherAzores, Portugal
Jose Antonio RibeiroMadeira, Portugal
Jose Antonio Ribeiro of Funchal, Madeira is following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Antonio Ribeiro, who was an IGFA Representative for Madeira, Portugal from 1978-1995. Ribeiro's goal is to encourage more Madeira fisherman to get involved in billfish tag and release and ensure they are familiar with IGFA rules. Currently most all charter boats are practicing tag and release, but word needs to spread locally. He would also like to help with species identification for billfish and tunas. Ribeiro is owner and manager of a local hotel and has fished Madeira his whole life. His most memorable day was catching forty big eyes in one single day.
Carlos M. PalhinhaPonta Delgada, Azores, Portugal
Augusto José P. FigueiraAlgarve, Portugal
Augusto Figueira began freshwater fishing when he was 8 years old and soon after discovered saltwater fishing as well. He is the founder and president of the Big Game Club of Portugal and participating in the new group Pesca Recreativa Responsable Europea (PRRE) along with other European IGFA representatives. He has applied circle hook and catch and release rules to numerous tournaments. Figueira plans to continue educating young people about conservation issues and to work with Universities to increase studies of recreational fishing activities.
Andrey GrigoryevMoscow, Russia
Russia native Andrey Grigoryev is a passionate angler who enjoys pursuing game fish around the world in both fresh and saltwater. Grigoryev has served as an IGFA Representative since 2005 and has led initiatives in Russia to conserve the Pacific salmon population in Kamchatka and to stop the sale of marlin in markets and grocery stores. Grigoryev is also a regular contributor to Russian sport fishing magazines and television shows.
Ahmed F. ShakerJeddah, Saudi Arabia
Former diving instructor Ahmed Shaker's fishing career spans more than 30 years. He works with the Saudi and Egyptian governments to promote ethical and sustainable sport fishing practices. As an IGFA Representative he has helped extend the organization's reach by assisting with the expansion of IGFA clubs and weigh stations.
Barry A. Hales
Barry Hales' early fishing exploits occurred in England's lakes and rivers, but he later transitioned to offshore fishing along the South Coast targeting cod and dogfish. Now a resident of Tenerife, Canary Islands, he owns a small fishing boat and chairs The Blue Water Fishing Group-- one of Spain's largest amateur fishing clubs. His first project as chairman was adopting IGFA rules and values for the club. As an IGFA Representative, his goal is to instill the catch-and-release ethics necessary to improve Tenerife's declining fishery.
Ignasi Ferrer has worked extensively to develop and promote recreational angling as a socio-economic benefit in Spain and throughout Europe. Current president of the Catalan Association of Responsible Fishing in Spain, Ferrer has helped to develop several citizen science tagging projects for bluefin tuna and has worked with government agencies in the European Union to develop sustainable models for recreational angling.