John Chibnall

Patron, IGFA & Life Member


John has spent most of his life working for better recognition of recreational fishing rights in the NZ fisheries. His primary concern being that our fisheries are managed in a sustainable manner. John has a long history spanning nearly 50 years of involvement with local and national fishing organisations and clubs, representing recreational anglers at regional and national level to government and commercial fishing groups.

He was one of the original founding Trustees of the NZMRF and has served continuously since its formation in 1999. He was the second Chairman of the Foundation’s committee. In his tenure has seen many projects that the Foundation has facilitated, the most extensive was New Zealand’s first satellite Marlin tagging project.

John has been an active member of the NZ Sport Fishing Council (NZSFC) since 1967. He is a past president and life member of both the NZSFC and the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club. He has been an IGFA Representative for more than thirty five years and inducted to the IGFA hall of fame in 2011. John was also on the board of Governors of the Hawaiian Billfish association for more the twenty years. John was awarded Member of NZ Order of Merit for services to fishing in the Queens Birthdays honours in 2010.