Lion Fish Eradication Contest
This year, the Sanctuary Classic will also assist the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation in helping to eradicate some of the Lion Fish population in the Gulf Coast waters as well as the the waters of the Florida Keys up to and beyond North Carolina waters.
Per the NOAA website, "Invasive lionfish continue to cause ecological damage along temperate and tropical reefs from North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean islands to the Atlantic coast of South America. Coastal managers are working to catch and control lionfish in some conservation areas using methods such as adopt-a-reef programs, paid or volunteer removal efforts, fishing derbies, and commercial harvesting of lionfish as a food fish or for other end uses including the aquarium or jewelry trades. Introduced into the southeast Atlantic through the U.S. aquarium trade in the 1980s, lionfish have been spotted as far north as southern New England and are firmly established in a range from North Carolina to South America, including the Gulf of Mexico. Lionfish, which are considered an aggressive threat to native fish populations throughout their range, have recently expanded throughout most of the Caribbean in a time span of less than five years. “Lionfish may prove to be one of the greatest threats of this century to tropical Atlantic reefs,” said NOAA ecologist James Morris, Ph.D. “As the first reef fish invasive species to this region, lionfish have clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of Atlantic reefs to marine invasions.
In 2015, during the Sanctuary Classic photo contest, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation as well as the Sanctuary Classic, will be giving away an autographed Guy Harvey shirt to the top 6 individuals who catch and remove the most Lionfish from July 4th thru Sept. 7. Photos must be submitted to www.sanctuaryclassic.org. No more than one photo per day per individual.
Submit your photos (one photo per day) and at the end of the contest, Sanctuary Classic staff will tally up which individual captured the most fish. Similar to the Sanctuary Classic, email/submit your picture on the Sanctuary Classic website with all of the required fields completed.