International Game Fish Association Updates Bass Records Based on New Scientific Findings

International Game Fish Association Updates Bass Records Based on New Scientific Findings

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The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has announced updates to its bass record categories based on the findings of a recent scientific study. The study, published in the American Fisheries Society journal Fisheries in February 2024, was conducted by IGFA staff and Dr. Andrew Taylor, a biologist from the University of North Georgia.

The study reviewed current scientific knowledge related to black bass genetics and found that many records previously attributed to spotted bass were actually those of Alabama bass. Consequently, the IGFA has amended these records to reflect the correct species identification.

Furthermore, the research highlighted the genetic differences between Florida bass and largemouth bass, which are often difficult to distinguish without genetic testing. As a result, the IGFA has adjusted its record categories, allowing Florida bass to be eligible for various records under the "bass, largemouth" category without requiring genetic testing. However, new All-Tackle record submissions for these species will necessitate genetic verification.

In addition to these changes, the IGFA has introduced the Alabama bass as a new species eligible for several record categories, creating 35 new record opportunities for anglers.

IGFA President Jason Schratwieser stated that these updates reflect the organization's commitment to maintaining accurate records based on the latest scientific data available. By doing so, the IGFA aims to uphold the integrity of the sport while promoting the conservation of various species and their habitats.

Anglers interested in pursuing IGFA World Records can access resources and support on the organization's website. The full study is also available for those seeking additional details.
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