We are professionals loving and respecting the nature and the sea
Who we are
We are professionals loving and respecting the nature and the sea.
Our Board of Directors:
Gözen Havacılık, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Seafari Balıkçılık, CEO
Adv. Erim BENER
Bener Law Firm
Architect Sinan KURAN
Adv. Can ÖZER
Özer Law Firm
Dr. Serdar GÜNSEREN
International Game Fish Association Representative
Our purpose is;
To organise Sport Fishing contest Finals or Grand Slams that make tremendous impressions on both national and international media besides fulfilling the desires such as adventure and excitement of the invited participants who are or will be the lovers of this sport in and beyond the Sportive Fishing Tournaments organised in the Mediterranean Basin and in our country...
To make our high level participants who are or will be the lovers of this sport meet with our current sponsors and our sponsors-to-be in a new, exciting and entertaining atmosphere;
To promote sport fishing tourism, which is a candidate to be an important sea tourism option, by organising sport fishing activities in our country;
To protect our future with sustainable fishing and sustainable environment raising consciousness and awareness of nature and environment through both participants and national and social media;
To ensure the individuals not only to be concerned with their own generation but also with the future generations by raising social awareness.
Why Sport Fishing?
Studies carried out in Europe, United States of America, Canada and Australia show that amateur fishing is performed by millions of people in these countries and that it creates a large economy.
Sportive Fishing is also drawing interest in Turkey and it is known to be creating a large economic potential in our country that hosts economical activities and various and rich ecosystems in coastal areas and sea spaces besides inland waters.
Recreational fishing is a tourism activity that has been performed for many years and becoming widespread as it is being enjoyed.
Sportive fishing creates an economic activity in the sectors either directly or indirectly in the region where it is performed (SFITUM, 2004). In 19 European countries, there are 44.8 million amateur fishers in the total with a rate of 9.5%. Amateur fishing is not only a spare time activity increasing pressure on the resources in Europe and in the countries having Mediterranean coasts, but also an economic activity on which annually 25 billion Euros are spent by 25 million amateur fishers in Europe.
Similarly, amateur fishing, which is performed in fresh waters and salt waters, is a very important trading and employment source in the USA. It has a consolidated contribution of approximately 220 billion dollars to the economy with nearly 65 million registered amateur fishers across the USA, 18 billion dollars of income, 52.4 billion dollars of sale, 30 billion dollars of added value, 72 billion dollars of travel expense and an employment amount of 370,000. (NOAA, 2013).
In this line, Recreational and Sport Fishing plays a very important role in the diversification of tourism in Turkey and in the sustainable future development of the coastal areas in particular.
Big Game (Big Fishing) and Offshore (Open Sea) segments that include fishing Billfish and Tuna types are considered as the “Formula 1”of Sport Fishing.
The information above also gives an idea on how much this sector will draw attention and can grow in our country.
Sport Fishing in our country is within a major progress both with regard to participation and the sector. Particularly, the boat owner business people with high level incomes perform sport fishing with their adventurous nature and with yearn for change and participate in the contests organised in our country. Participating in such contests and winning degrees have become prestigious.
What is IGFA?
Founded in 1939 based in the United States America, IGFA is a non-profit organisation being supported by its members.
IGFA is celebrating the 75th anniversary this year and it has 321 elected representatives and 22,000 members in the world. IGFA is represented by Elvio PENNETTI and Dr. Serdar GÜNSEREN in our country.
IGFA, which keeps the records regarding Sport Fishing and determines and approves the rules of Sport Fishing as the leading institution, is the largest and most important international association working to protect the aquatic areas all around the world. IGFA carries out these activities all around the world through its representatives, biologists and various institutions.
Promoting the fish and the aquatic ecosystems effectively in order for Recreational and Sport Fishing to be sustained joyfully, IGFA continues its works with great determination within the frame of the trainings it established in the light of science, with the rules it set, and with the ethical and responsible fishing principles.
After 75 years of studies, IGFA has become a global authority in recreational fishing. IGFA has formed the bridge between recreational fishing and science.
While the water sources were considered as limitless 75 years ago, many fish species and aquatic ecosystems are now encountering the threat of becoming extinct. Regarding this situation encountered by sportive and recreational fishing, IGFA has undertaken a leading role also in the field of sustainable fishing and it performs studies regarding protecting the history of hand-line fishing and taking it under record.
IGFA believes that the most important thing to do to protect recreational fishing and sustainability is to train the youth on fish biology and aquatic ecosystems. For this purpose, IGFA has developed training programs on applied fishing and Marine Sciences regarding the importance of environmental management and ethical hand-line fishing.
In 2013, 48,919 children were reached through the training program of IGFA. Since 1998, approximately 450,000 children were provided with training regarding the human impact on the environment and about the importance of protecting the environment.
These trainings are embodied with ethical hand-line fishing and they provide positively proactive behaviour change to the adverse conditions awaiting us in the future.