The International Game Fish Association announced this week the formation of nine new catch-and-release Conservation Clubs designed for saltwater and freshwater anglers. The clubs recognize outstanding accomplishments by presenting Angling Achievement Awards.

Only one of the nine clubs requires that the catch be weighed: the 10-Pound Bonefish Club. Anglers catching a bonefish weighing 10 pounds or more are eligible for recognition. The fish may be weighed in the boat and released.

The IGFA offers a service to members for testing and certifying portable scales. A 10-pound bonefish catch qualifies the angler to receive an embossed certificate, an embroidered jacket patch and listing in an official IGFA publication.

The IGFA also will start recognizing six new Royal Slam clubs. A Royal Slam is the rare accomplishment of catching all IGFA recognized species in certain categories.

The Billfish Royal Slam will recognize anglers who have caught all nine of the billfish species in their lifetime. The species are Atlantic and Pacific sailfish and blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, white marlin, swordfish and spearfish.

The other Royal Slam Clubs include the Trout Royal Slam (eight species), Salmon Royal Slam (six species), Bass Royal Slam (seven species), Shark Royal Slam (eight species), and Tuna Royal Slam (nine species). Anglers do not have to kill the fish, and all past catches are eligible for recognition.

Other new clubs include the Boat Grand Slam Club (inshore and offshore) and the Boat Super Grand Slam Club (inshore and offshore). For captains or boat owners to qualify for the offshore clubs, their boats must catch three of the recognized billfish species in one day. Four billfish species on the same day would be a Super Grand Slam.

The recognized species for an Inshore Grand Slam are bonefish, tarpon, permit and snook. Catching all four of the species in one day would qualify the captain for an Inshore Super Grand Slam. Extra certificates for the individual anglers aboard the boat who made the catches will also be available.

All of IGFA's new Outstanding Achievement Awards will include embossed certificates, embroidered jacket patches and listing in an official IGFA publication.

Contact IGFA for application forms or go to the website for a printable form. The one-time cost to register in any of the new clubs is $25, including cost of awards, shipping and handling.

IGFA is a non-profit membership supported, conservation and record keeping association with representatives and members in more than 120 countries and territories. Founded in 1939, the organization also maintains a 60,000-square-foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.

For further information contact the International Game Fish Association, Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; (954) 927-2628; Fax, (954) 924-4299; E-mail,; Web site,