The Sportfishing Conservancy


Sanctuary Classic

2013 Sanctuary Classic to run from National Oceans Day, Saturday June 8, through Labor Day, Monday September 2, 2013

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Kid with a barracuda

Celebrate the fantastic recreational fishing available in 98% of National Marine Sanctuaries waters!  Join in the incredible outdoor fishing adventure that the our National Marine Sanctuaries provide just like Jenny Armstrongand her son Jack displaying an awesome halibut that they caught fishing at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary!

A Summer-long Recreational Fishing and Photo Contest

Free entry into “Classic” for anglers who:

Register online:

Free entry - submit photos online - win with summer-long weekly prize drawings

Follow all federal, state and local regulations

Agree to observe conservation and ethical guidelines

Catch and Release is encouraged

Weekly drawing from all entries for prizes

Grand Prize Scholarships will be juried “best” photos showing

Kids and Family fishing

Fish Released

Participation Award Certificate given to all entrants and photo submissions.

“Classic” Runs Summer long – June – September

Kick-Off Events: Saturday of National Oceans Week

Last Submissions: Monday of Labor Day

Fish in any National Marine Sanctuary waters open to recreational fishing (maps available at Sanctuary or online).

West Coast Headquarters: Monterey Bay Sanctuary and Channel Islands Sanctuary

East Coast Headquarters: Florida Keys and Grays Reef

The 2013 Sanctuary Classic Demonstrates...

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Provide:

    • a healthful environment for kids and
    • an essential link to the outdoors
  • Most National Marine Sanctuary waters are open to 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.
  • Provides conservation and ethical angling guidelines for the casual angler.
  • The average angler has the same chance as the experts
  • Sanctuaries provide a working model of successful Marine Protected Areas


Department of Fish & wildlife 



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Sanctuary Classic

Sanctuary Classic Photo Contest
The Classic was a free summer-long fishing photo contest featuring four National Marine Sanctuaries