Fishing in Your National Marine Sanctuaries
The Sanctuary Classic Continues in 2013
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Reel 'em in, ready the shot and release!
Get your fishing rods out and your cameras ready for a summer-long catch-and-release photo competition. Beginning June 8, submit your favorite fishing photos taken in our nation's National Marine Sanctuaries for a chance to win great prizes. Celebrate quality recreation on our nation's coast and take part in a sustainable practice to ensure that the tradition of recreational fishing can be enjoyed long into the future! Check back for more details as the date approaches.
Check out the catches from 2012!
|Sponsored and coordinated by The Sportfishing Conservancy, is a summer-long fishing and photo contest highlighting four National Marine Sanctuaries (Gray's Reef, Florida Keys, Monterey Bay and Channel Islands)
|While the primary purpose of the National Marine Sanctuary System is to protect the resources of our nation's special places, legislation also calls for allowing compatible uses which includes all types of recreation.
Most (98 percent) of National Marine Sanctuary waters are open to recreational fishing and provide an incredible outdoors experience. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries support sustainable recreational fishing.
Follow the links below for more information on best practices for recreational fishing and information on how you can get involved in fisheries management.
Northeast and Great Lakes
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Recreational Fishing
NMFS Northeast Regional Office
Massachussettes Department of Fish and Game, Recreational Fishing
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fishing Guide
Southeast and Gulf of Mexico
Fishing within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Fishing within Gray's Reef
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Regulations (general)
Flower Garden Banks Regulations
NMFS Southeast Regional Office
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Fishing Regulations
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Texas Parks and Wildlife Recreational Fishing Regulations
Sanctuary regulations (general):
Gulf of the Farallones
NMFS Northwest Regional Office
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Fishing and Shellfishing
NMFS Southwest Region: Marine Recreational Fisheries Program
NMFS Southwest Region: Recreational Fishing Services Team, Pacific
California Department of Fish and Game, Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary: Boating and Ocean Recreation
Recreational Fishing Services, National Marine Fisheries Service
Marine Recreational Information Program