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Release: Immediate
Date: Feb. 2, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Give us your best shot! Enter the 2016 Marine Fisheries
Reef Guide Photo Contest

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is holding a photo contest to find the best snapshot of a North Carolina artificial reef.

The grand prize winner will receive a $125 cash prize and the photo will be featured on the front cover of the 2016 Marine Fisheries Reef Guide. The second place winner will receive a $50 cash prize and the third place winner will receive a $25 cash prize. All winners will be recognized with a photo on the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program webpage.

Entry photos should be taken while fishing or diving on a North Carolina artificial reef.

“We’re looking for photos that show the abundant fisheries resources available on North Carolina’s artificial reefs,” said Amy Comer, photo contest coordinator with the Artificial Reef Program. “We’d also love to see the different ways people use the artificial reefs, like diving, fishing, or photography.”

The photo contest is open to amateur and professional photographers 18 years of age or older. The deadline for entries is noon on March 30.

Entry photos should be of high resolution and vertical (portrait) orientation. All entries must be submitted electronically with an entry form to ArtificialReefs@ncdenr.gov.

Official contest rules and entry form can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/artificial-reefs-program.

Photos will be judged by April 15. Winners will be notified by April 22.

The 2016 Marine Fisheries Reef Guide will be a 5 ½ x 8 ½ waterproof book that compiles information all the state’s artificial reefs and oyster sanctuaries. It will include comprehensive description of reef locations, types of materials deployed on the reefs, the dates of deployments, and directions from the nearest buoy or inlet. The book will also feature tables with reef coordinates that correspond to a color-coded map.

The division’s Artificial Reef Program received $176,000 from Coastal Recreational Fishing License grants to produce the hard-copy reef guide, as well as enhancements to the Artificial Reef Program’s webpage, including an interactive electronic reef guide. Completion of the hard-copy and electronic reef guides are scheduled for this summer.

For more information, contact Comer at 252-808-8054 or Amy.Comer@ncdenr.gov

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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