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Published on Jun 12, 2012
NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, in partnership with the Sportfishing Conservancy, has launched a free summer-long fishing and photo contest to encourage families and youth to experience America's great outdoors.
The Sanctuary Classic began June 9 with kick-off events at Florida Keys and Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries and continues through Sept. 3. The free event is being held at all national marine sanctuaries.
Participants will receive information on the sanctuaries, safety, conservation and sustainable recreational fishing techniques, and be eligible for prizes from the Sportfishing Conservancy, including scholarships. As this is a photo competition, catch-and-release fishing is encouraged. You can register for the contestonline. Encouraging children -- tomorrow's leaders and environmental stewards -- to experience nature is also at the core of educational programming in national marine sanctuaries