Sanctuary Classic Overview
The Classic is a free summer-long fishing and photo contest featuring all of the National Marine Sanctuaries across the United States, including Hawaii. The contest will begin on Saturday July 4 and end on Monday September 7, 2015.
Each week, one photo will be selected by judges at The Sportfishing Conservancy to win the weekly prize- a pair of Costa sunglasses valued at $250! The weekly photo winner will be selected by the photo that best represents the theme of the Sanctuary Classic (kids fishing, family fishing, etc.)
At the end of the contest (Sept.7), eight $500 Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation scholarships will be awarded based on 8 categories:
- Biggest (looking) Fish
- Smallest (looking) Fish
- Best Conservation Message
- Guy Harvey Spirit
- Best Display of Responsible Fishing Values
- Most Family Oriented Photo
- Most Unique Looking Fish
- Largest Fish Compared to Angler
Most (98 percent) of National Marine Sanctuary waters are open to recreational fishing and provide an incredible outdoors experience. NOAA Fisheries and NOAA Sanctuaries support sustainable recreational fishing. The "Classic" caters to a broad spectrum of recreational fishing enthusiasts and provides conservation and ethical angling guidelines for the casual angler.