West Marine to sponsor Florida STAR competition

West Marine has announced a corporate sponsorship for the Fourth Annual CCA Florida STAR competition.

Currently underway and ending Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 3, CCA Florida STAR is designed to educate the public about the importance of conservation of Florida’s marine resources and to engage families and youth in the sport of fishing.

Billed as the “largest fishing competition in Florida,” this year’s event will include 101 days of fishing for prizes and scholarships valued at over $500,000 in 17 divisions.

Prizes in the event’s signature Tagged Redfish Division include angler’s choice of a new GMC Truck, or boat, motor and trailer package.

As a key sponsor, West Marine Florida stores are the Preferred Distribution Locations for the official STAR measuring devices.

The official device may be picked up at any Florida West Marine at no cost.

To see a full list of participating locations, visit https://www.westmarine.com/store-finder and select Florida.

CCA Florida STAR is the largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida.

Unlike traditional fishing tournaments, STAR focuses on conservation and CCA Florida uses the social media-based event to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources.

Recognized as a “catch, photo and release” competition, STAR’s mobile app eliminates the need to harvest, capture, and transport fish.

Most division winners are determined by a random drawing, a format that encourages participants of all ages and skill levels. With Florida’s 1,300 miles of coastline and 1.2 million licensed saltwater anglers, CCA Florida attracts thousands of anglers throughout the competition.

“West Marine is thrilled to once again be a part of this competition designed to engage seasoned as well as first-time anglers in conservation while rewarding them for their efforts,” said Laura Barry, director of marketing communications for West Marine. “It’s a great opportunity to support the CCA as well as the devoted anglers in the region. Our store teams are excited to play a role in this fun, family-friendly competition.”

“CCA Florida STAR is excited to have West Marine as the Preferred Distribution Location sponsor for the official STAR measuring device,” added Director Leiza Fitzgerald. “Their dedication to conservation and our youth is a testament to the type of companies that will make a difference in the future of marine resources.”

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