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June 8 - September 2, 2013


Sanctuary Classic

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2013 Sanctuary Classic

Gray's Reef 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.

Sanctuary Classic - June 8 - September 2, 2013

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. 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: www.sanctuaryclassic.org.

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is currently the only protected natural reef area on the continental shelf off the Georgia coast and one of only a few natural marine protected areas in the ocean between Cape Hatteras, NC and Cape Canaveral, FL. The approximately 22 square mile sanctuary (about 14,000 acres) of Gray's Reef is just a small part of the U.S. territorial Atlantic Ocean, yet its value as a natural marine habitat is recognized nationally and internationally.

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Georgia is one of the largest near-shore "live-bottom" reefs of the southeastern United States. It is just one of 14 marine protected areas that make up the National Marine Sanctuary System and is governed by the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

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