From the article:
"It is time to look to the future," said Jason Gell, the St. Petersburg-based organization's newly elected president. "We have been losing membership. The only way to assure the future is to change the way we run the tournament."
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"Times have changed," Gell said. "This is a big step for us. We hope we can convince new people, especially junior anglers, to come out and help us fish for science."