Tim Choate of Coral Gables, Florida, an ardent angler since the mid-1950s, is being honored for a lifetime of contributions to the sport of offshore fishing and marine conservation. At tonight’s ceremony, he will be inducted into the prestigious International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame.
The IGFA Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary achievements in recreational fishing around the world by anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing industry leaders. Each Hall of Fame member is honored with a plaque at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida.
Tim Choate has been a member of the board of directors of Wild Oceans, the United States’ oldest saltwater fish conservation group, since the 1980s and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2010. In its announcement, the IGFA also points out that Tim co-founded The Billfish Foundation and pioneered the use of circle hooks the world over to enhance the survival rates of released billfish, long before their successful catch rates were proven. Choate has also helped to highlight the importance of studies by national governments and conservation groups to show the social and economic value of fish for recreation over commercial use.
Wild Oceans is extremely proud of Tim, and proud that as part of the 2016 class of Hall of Fame inductees, he will become the fifth Wild Oceans director, past and present, to be so honored, joining former directors Hal Lyman, John Rybovich, Rip Cunningham, Stephen Sloan and Karl Wickstrom.
Become a member of Wild Oceans today and support Tim’s ongoing dedication to protecting the future of fishing.