The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) announced Wednesday night that it will relocate its Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum from the first floor of its international headquarters in South Florida to Springfield, Missouri, where it will be part of the new 315,000-square-foot America’s Wildlife Museum and Aquarium operated by the Johnny Morris Foundation. Morris is the founder of Bass Pro Shops
IGFA will continue to own its South Florida building, and keep its headquarters offices and library on the second and third floors. The first floor vacated by the museum will be renovated into a conservation and events center and operated by Bass Pro Shops.
“The opportunity provided by long-time IGFA friend and supporter Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops to showcase our Hall of Fame and collections in his new museum and aquarium will allow us to dramatically increase our exposure to the public,” IGFA President Rob Kramer said in a statement announcing the move. “This strategic business move will also allow IGFA to reallocate resources to core programs such as game fish conservation, education, rules, record keeping and maintaining the history of our sport.”
Timing for the move will be announced in the coming weeks.
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