Coming Again in 2017

The Sanctuary Classic will return in 2017...stay tuned!

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),  $1000 Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation scholarships will be awarded based on 8 categories (up to one per Sanctuary)

• 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

In addition, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will also be giving away up to six autographed Guy Harvey T-shirts to the people that submit a photo of the most lion fish caught during the Classic period. More info under the "Lion Fish" tab on the home page.

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.

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Sportfishing Conservancy

"Recognizing that with privilege comes responsibility, the mission of the Sportfishing Conservancy is to empower sportsmen to fulfill and celebrate their commitment to their sport and to the real world conservation."


Student Scholarships

The Sportfishing Conservancy will award a total of eight (8) Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Scholarships, valued at $500 each to the parent or guardian of children [under the age of 18].