Fishing Happens Here

Photo: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

Recreational fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in the United States—and 98 percent of national marine sanctuary waters are open to recreational anglers. These ocean parks provide excellent opportunities for sustainable recreational fishing and boating!

Young people conencting with their naitonal marine sanctuaries

Fishing gives young people the opportunity to get out on the water and connect with their national marine sanctuaries. Photo: Sanctuary Classic

A child fishes from the beach in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

A child fishes from the beach in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Matt McIntosh

An angler releases fish

Divers swim near the Nordmeer shipwreck in Thunder bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Matt McIntosh/NOAA