IGFA and Costa Sunglasses have joined the effort to send relief funding to the recreational fishing community in South West Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian.
The funding will come from the Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF) set up by IGFA and Costa in 2017 to provide financial aid to charter captains, guides and outfitters in the wake of major natural disasters.
Fort Myers, Naples and the surrounding area suffered staggering damage that could take years to fully recover from.
“It’s tough to see devastation like this happen anywhere, but especially in the state of Florida – where Costa was born, our brand roots run deep and where so many of our Costa family, pros and partners call home,” said Costa Conservation & Community Partnerships Manager Joe Gugino.
“We are encouraging others in the industry to join us to help raise and distribute funds to those members of the recreational angling community who so badly need our support right now.”
Other companies and industry bodies that have pledged support for the WARF relief efforts in South West Florida include AFTCO, the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, the Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation and the Yellow Dog Community & Conservation Foundation.
IGFA and Costa are currently working to identify the appropriate organisation(s) through which the relief funds will be distributed.
To date, WARF has distributed $225,000 to recreational angling associations in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Belize, Montana and The Bahamas.