The National Marine Sanctuary "Classic"

The Classic is a free summer-long fishing and photo contest featuring all of the National Marine Sanctuaries across the United States, including Hawaii.

Each week, one photo will be selected by judges at The Sportfishing Conservancy to win the weekly prize. 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 scholarship per Sanctuary)

In addition, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will also give away six personalized Guy Harvey T-shirts in the Lion Fish Eradication contest (details in separate tab on 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.

While the primary purpose of the National Marine Sanctuary System is to protect the resources of these areas, their legislation also calls for allowing compatible uses which includes all types of recreation.

Last year NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries supported 50,000 jobs and more than $4 billion in local economies. These places continue to build stronger communities, support local economies and maintain coastal cultures - true American treasures.

A Summer-long Recreational Fishing and Photo Contest

  • Free entry into “Classic”
  • Each participant must agree to conservation guidelines and follow all federal, state and local regulations
  • Participants enter and submit photos online
  • Catch and Release encouraged
  • Register online/ Enter with submission of fish photos
  • Weekly prizes awarded from July 4 through September 7.
  • 13 Grand Prizes ($1000 Scholarships) – will be judged for “best” photo within each Sanctuary.
  • Kids/Family fishing
  • Fish Released
  • The “Classic” Runs July 4th-September 7, 2015.

The 2015 National Marine Sanctuaries Classic helps demonstrate:

  • NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries provide a healthful environment for kids and an incredible link to the outdoors
  • NOAA Sanctuaries are open to and support sustainable recreational fishing
  • NOAA Fisheries – manages / supports recreational fishing
  • The “Classic” illustrates the benefits of light touch recreational fishing
  • The “Classic” targets and caters to a broader, more casual recreational fishing base
  • The “Classic” provides conservation guidelines to casual angler audience



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." sportfishingconservancy.org


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].