MASSENA -- Kathleen Kelly-Ori of Massena has been named press officer for the International Carp Fishing Association – USA.
The American counterpart to the London-based International Carp Fishing Association was created this month as ICFA-USA to administer catch-and-release records for the common carp in the 48 contiguous United States.
ICFA comprises 28 member countries, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, the Ukraine and the United States. The organization was founded in 2003 by well-known British carp angler Rob Hughes. Hughes and a board of directors consisting of world-class carp anglers representing those countries developed a mission to educate and promote the common carp as a catch-and-release sport fish throughout the world.
According to Kelly-Ori, other responsibilities for the U.S. arm will be to ratify and sanction American carp fishing tournaments under ICFA rules and create visibility for ICFA in the States.
She will be in charge of ICFA - USA’s marketing and media relations in the United States. She is president and owner of Stellar Marketing Solutions in Massena.
ICFA-USA will be directed by Oklahoman David Moore who is considered America’s foremost authority on carp fishing. Moore is the country representative for the U.S. on the ICFA board of directors.
Moore and Kelly-Ori are partners in CARP Tournament Series.
CARPTS is organizing the Carp Angling World Championship to the St. Lawrence River in September.