|MEASURE UP: Record fish will live on measurements, photos and the wild. Illustration: Drew Friedman|
Responding to the conservation demands of a finite world, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has begun to develop a system to recognize great catches while capitalizing on the sustainability of the resource. Two years ago, Guy Harvey, the famous marine artist and angler, and Bill Shedd of tackle-maker AFTCO, urged the conservation committee of the IGFA to consider a record-by-length category. The new class of records would be added to-not replace-the existing categories measured by weight that the IGFA has administered for years. This idea made its way from the conservation committee to the IGFA's board of trustees, getting poked, pinched and tweaked along the way.