General Newsflashes

 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:14

INTERNATIONAL OUTFITTER AND GUIDES COALITION

INTERNATIONAL OUTFITTER AND GUIDES COALITION

During the annual Round Table discussion at SCI between outfitter and guide associations from all over the World, a draft core value and mission statement was developed.  This statement was adopted by PHASA’s executive committee and reads as follows:

International Outfitters and Guides Coalition

Core Values and Mission

The International Outfitter and Guide Coalition is a group of guide, outfitter and professional hunter organizations which represent outfitted hunting and angling industries globally. Although each is unique in the way they offer and provide outfitted services accorded to each jurisdiction’s laws and regulations, there are many shared issues and values; collectively these organizations share a common desire to work toward the betterment of the industry.
 
Core Values

Conservation
We support the legal, sustainable and responsible utilization of fish and wildlife, provided that it is science based and enhances the species in the wild. We acknowledge that sustainable hunting and fishing contribute to the conservation and protection of natural habitats and will support organizations who share this value.

Community
The outfitted hunting and angling industry’s sustainable utilization of natural resources enhances the social and economic development of communities.

Ethics
We recognize each jurisdiction’s interpretation of ethical, fair chase hunting and fishing and encourage best practices within our industry. We support professional standards that enhance the safety and proficiency of the industry and improve the experiences for clients. We encourage outfitters and guides to be members of their respective local professional association.

Tourism
Outfitting and guiding services facilitate access to public wildlife and fisheries resources and are the cornerstone to many outdoor recreation experiences.  Hunting and angling are an integral part of the tourism industry and the outdoor heritage that accounts for significant economic benefit to jurisdictions. Outfitting and guiding are also key financial supporters of the many agencies and organizations that manage and promote wildlife and angling conservation globally.

Industry Representation
We support the existence, and recognize the importance, of effective outfitter, guide and professional hunter organizations. We welcome, as members, any organization that shares these values and guiding principles. We will continue to look for synergies between jurisdictions and new ways to support each other through open exchange of information. We will strive for a united voice for the outfitting and guiding industry.

Mission Statement
The coalition members share global industry representation, guidelines and ethical standards. The members support sustainable, science-based wildlife and fisheries management and actively promote the responsible use of these resources. We promote conservation and support communities.  We recognize and support the businesses of outfitting, guiding and professional hunting as important economic contributors through tourism.  

SIGNED AND ACCEPTED ON BEHALF OF PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS’ ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA THIS 8th DAY OF April 2017.