Sanctuary to host youth and family fishing photo contest

June 4, 2013

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2013 Sanctuary Classic

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, in partnership with the Sportfishing Conservancy, will host the 2013 Sanctuary Classic – a free, summer-long fishing photo contest designed to promote sustainable recreational angling in national marine sanctuaries. The nationwide contest opens on June 8, World Oceans Day, and ends on Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
The Sportfishing Conservancy will award weekly prizes for photos that show fishing in a national marine sanctuary. Additional prize scholarships will be awarded for the four pictures that best exemplify youth fishing, family fishing or conservation in a sanctuary. As this is a photo contest, catch-and-release is encouraged and all participants are asked to follow The Sportfishing Conservancy’s best practices guidelines.

Photo of young boy catching fish.

Youth and families are encouraged to submit photos to the summer-long Sanctuary Classic fishing photo contest for a chance to win prizes from The Sportfishing Conservancy

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“By focusing on photographs, we’re able to encourage angling participation while promoting the joy of ethical catch-and-release fishing,” said Tom Raftican, president of The Sportfishing Conservancy.

 “Recreational fishing is a memorable way for children and families to experience the sanctuary,” said Sean Morton, sanctuary superintendent. “Learning about fishing rules and proper techniques for catch and release helps foster a sense of responsibility for our marine environment.”

This is the second year of the Sanctuary Classic. Additional support for the event is being provided by national and local partners, including: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, The Sportfishing Conservancy, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA’s Fisheries Service and West Marine.

For information on the 2013 Sanctuary Classic and how to enter, visit:

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