Wounded Vets, SCUBAnauts Help Mote Marine Replant Coral in FL Keys

July 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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11800530_873480432730276_4381179584041674224_nChris Corbin dropped about 20 feet to the ocean floor at Looe Key Reef off the Lower Florida Keys July 20 to perform an important task:  planting small staghorn coral bundles as a volunteer for Mote Marine Laboratory’s  reef restoration project.

This was the 37-year-old retired U.S. Army Green Beret’s fourth year as a volunteer citizen scientist working underwater alongside fellow combat vets and middle- and high-school students from SCUBAnauts International on a Mote project.  But fastening the coral fragments with zip ties to nails driven into the bottom was proving challenging in the strong current– especially since Corbin wears two heavy prostheses to replace both legs blown off at mid-calf.

“I just found it easier to drop my feet on a sandy spot and control my buoyancy with my breathing,” Corbin said.

He planted four plots with five fragments each and still had air left in his tank.

“Every time it’s awesome,” he said.  “It’s kind of cool to see your work–‘oh, that was last year and that was 2012’.  It’s always fun.  If nothing else, I’m just playing in the ocean.”

Corbin and about 50 other scuba divers and snorkelers from SCUBAnauts and the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge planted 250 corals along Looe Key that day– adding to the 7,500 already placed by Mote scientists and volunteers on 50 sites along the Keys.  The aim is to restore decades of manmade damage that has wiped out most of the branching corals in the Caribbean– a huge loss to the marine ecosystem and the humans who depend on it.

“Humans have so screwed up the reefs that they will never recover on their own,” Dr. Michael Crosby, Mote President and CEO, told the volunteers. “This is science-based restoration in partnership with all of you.”

Scientists say the rewarding aspect of working with staghorn coral is that it grows fast and is the easiest to bring back.  Fragments cultivated in Mote’s coral nursery have grown large enough to spawn within two years of being replanted on the reef.  Their average survival rate is 75 percent.

“It proves we’re on the right track,” said Erich Bartels, who oversees Mote’s coral nursery project.

Tampa high school student Riley Gillis, 16, became a certified scuba diver last year just so she could help with the restoration work.

“The coral dive is actually my favorite dive I’ve ever done,” Riley said.  “It’s awesome to be part of a team.  I love looking around, the science, the working part of it.  You’re contributing to something.”

For the wounded vets like Corbin, the work isn’t just fun, but an opportunity to bond with fellow vets.

“No one understands a service member that’s been injured like another service member that’s been injured,” Corbin said.  “We’re all trying to get back to a semblance of normalcy after injury.”

He invited fellow retired Green Beret Bobby Dove to join the mission.  Dove, 28, who lost most of his right leg and right arm to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, didn’t hesitate.

“Hell, yeah,” he responded.  “I have not gotten to plant coral.  I’m very excited about it.”

Following their stint as coral farmers, the vets and kids were treated to a barbecue at Mote’s Summerland Key lab.

The mission was supported by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; the Islander Resort:  A Guy Harvey Outpost; “Protect Our Reefs” license plate; Harbor Graphics and Custom Apparel; Looe Key Dive Center; Strike Zone Charters; Underseas Inc., Rock Bottom Divers; Derby Lane; and Oceanic.

GREEN Turtle Bahamas Billfish Championship Is RED HOT with WHITE Marlin!

May 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Big Game Fishing, Fishing Tournaments | Leave a comment
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The Green Turtle Club  Co-Hosted the action packed second leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship.

BBC Day One:  White marlin dominated day one action.  Something Fishy got off to a hot start with a double header of whites.  Island Time got on the board with a sailfish. Game Changer, Marlin Raptor & Whisky Won all got in on the morning bite with white marlin.  Wave Paver & Anticipation jumped to the top with afternoon blue marlin.

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BBC Day Two:  The white marlin bite remained hot with the blues showing up in the afternoon.  Sandrita  jumped to the lead today on the strength of on blue marlin and three  white marlin today.  Torta started their day with a sailfish added a double header of white marlin and nabbed a blue marlin late in the day to catch a slam; which will give them a nice bunch of bonus points and the overall lead after two days.

Early leaders Something Fishy improved their numbers with another white marlin to go with their day one pair.   Anticipation added second day blue marlin to their first day fish to stay in contention for the top spot.  Whisky Won released a blue and a white to go with their day one white to move into third place after two days.  Nothing is settled and with the way some boats have gotten hot hands it is still anyone’s ball game.

BBC Day Three

The white marlin bite continues to build; 8 whites day one, 9 day two, with 11 on day three for a total of 28 whites!  Seventeen billfish caught on day three including three sailfish, three blue marlin and 11 whites.  This is more whites than were caught in all of 2014.  Hopefully this is a sign of a rebounding white marlin population.

Wave Paver started things off at the six minute mark on day three releasing a blue.   Ten minutes later Game Changer released a pair of whites announcing that the bite was on.  Hit n Run followed with a white marlin and sailfish released.  Something Fishy then released the first of their two white marlin for the day before Hit n Run released the third of their four whites all before noon.  Wave Paver would add a white, while Hit n Run would get their “Slam” with a blue marlin late in the day.  Pandemonium finished the day and the tournament hooked up to a blue marlin at lines out.  All ears stay tuned to the radio when a boat is still hooked up at lines out.  It only took Pandemonium another   17 minutes to release their fish.

Grand Slam points were key as Hit n Run won with Torta in Second Place on the strength of their Grand Slam bonus points.  Wave Paver was third followed by Anticipation.  It is great to see FIVE Lady Anglers on the board for the event.

Congratulations to the winners and all the anglers! 

The next Guy Harvey Outpost event will be the 2nd Annual Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament at Old Bahama Bay June 25-28th.

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The Bahamas Tournament Season Is Jumping!

May 7, 2015 at 12:10 am | Posted in Bahamas, Big Game Fishing, Fishing | 1 Comment
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The 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship is under way in Abaco with Green Turtle Cay the next stop.  Abaco regulars Jichi, Wave Paver and Torta took the top spots with solid performances.  Teque took the early lead on day one with a blue marlin and a sailfish but Wave Paver passed them by before lines out; when they added a blue marlin to their early white.  On day two, Torta added a blue and a white to move ahead of Wave Paver and TequeJichi got on the board early with two blue marlin and did not look back; adding a white and another blue to seal the deal on day two.   Day three saw plenty of action among the leaders as Wave Paver released two blue marlin and a white to make a move but Jichi “Slammed” the door shut with a sail, a white and a blue to extend their lead and collect slam bonus points.

BBC_AIM_Logo NO DATESThe fleet caught 26 billfish an average of 1.13 billfish per boat.  Full Time brought a 597 pound blue marlin to the scales.  She was over the 100 inch minimum length but they actually lost 3 points compared to what they would have scored had they released her.
This week the BBC moves to Green Turtle Cay.  The Green Turtle Club, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge is co-host for the event.  The Green Turtle Club is ideally located in central Abaco allowing easy access to all the region’s famed blue marlin grounds.  These waters have produced huge blue marlin including the current Bahamian Record of 1119 pounds caught during the BBC in 2011.  The Green Turtle Club is sold out for this event.
Competitors at the Ready,  the Green Turtle Club.
Competitors at the ready, the Green Turtle Club.
 
In addition to all the billfish caught big dorado kept anglers on their toes.  They were caught AND eaten!  Next up the BBC heads to Treasure Cay May 27-30.  The next Guy Harvey Outpost event will be the 2nd Annual Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament June 25th – 28th at Old Bahama Bay.

Green Turtle Club  UPDATE

BBC Day One:  White marlin dominated day one action.  Something Fishy got off to a hot start with a double header of whites.  Island Time is on the board with a sailfish. Game Changer, Marlin Raptor & Whisky Won all got in on the morning bite with white marlin.  Wave Paver & Anticipation jumped to the top with afternoon blue marlin.

BBC Day Two:  The white marlin bite remains hot with the blues showing up in the afternoon.  Sandrita  jumped to the lead today on the strength of on blue marlin and three  white marlin today.  Torta started their day with a sailfish added a double header of white marlin and nabbed a blue marlin late in the day to catch a slam; which will give them a nice bunch of bonus points and the overall lead after two days.

Early leaders Something Fishy improved their numbers with another white marlin to go with their day on pair.   Anticipation added second day blue marlin to their first day fish to stay in contention for the top spot.  Whisky Won released a blue and a white to go with their day one white to move into third place after two days.  Nothing is settled and with the way some boats have gotten hot hands it is still anyone’s ball game.

Stay tuned for details on Baseball Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt’s Winners’ Circle charity tournament at Old Bahama Bay.
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Connecting With One Special Veteran

November 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On this Veterans’ Day the staff at Guy Harvey Outpost would like to share a letter we received from a Veteran. This letter has moved each of us and we are honored to have Veterans as our guests.

Dear Anyone,

My name is Christian and I am a disabled veteran. I recently had an opportunity to spend time at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost on Islamorda. I have to say it changed my life. I am writing Mr. Harvey and wondering if he would ever be interested in opening a facility in the islands for veterans? I know its crazy but I spent 3 days there and I slept more in three days than in years. I felt at peace and I didn’t have bad dreams. I got to feel and smell and touch things without feeling anger or hate, I found my Jesus.. My wife Janet cried because for the first time in years I slept, and it was a beautiful sleep..

I bought a print of yours that hangs in my office at home.  I look at it everyday and it brings me.. Hope, joy, peace.. I don’t have a name like Guy Harvey but I believe your name can change the lives of veterans… The life style can release the anger and start the healing. I know this is a long shot and I don’t expect much but what if we could open another resort? What if we could give them peace? What if we could save a generation from suffering and give them hope? No matter what happens I thank you. I am staying at the Islander again in July… No matter what I thank you for sleep.. I can never repay you for the peace I feel in Islamorada.

I hope and pray for you.. Thank you, Christian

2014-Veterans-Day

 

 

On Christian’s July visit he brought his family including his father (a former Navy SEAL).  We look forward to the family’s next visit.

See our response in the next Outpost Blog post.

 

 

WANTED DEAD or Alive, LIONFISH!

June 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Abaco, Bahamas, Conservation, Green Turtle Club, Lionfish, Marine Science | 2 Comments
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Reef Derbies 2014

If you are in the eastern Bahamas and can not make it to the Bimini Beach Bash, Bonfire & Tournament please head over to the Green Turtle Club for the 6th Annual Lionfish Derby, June 27-28th. The Green Turtle Club is original host to REEF’s first Lionfish Derby.  We always need more divers and diners to make those pesky Lionfish disappear. To make your reservations call: 800-513-5257 or reservations@guyharveyoutpost.comhttp://www.guyharveyoutpost.com/

Today is the official “First Day of Summer”!

June 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Abaco, Bahamas, Green Turtle Club, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd. | Leave a comment
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Today is the official “First Day of Summer”!! Nothing epitomizes a dream summer vacation more than this photo of the beautiful Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina, the very first Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Property. Call GHO Reservations today to book your GTC adventure – 800.513.5257!

Taylor Hicks to Play Green Turtle Club June 1st!

May 25, 2012 at 12:21 am | Posted in Abaco, Bahamas, Green Turtle Club, Guy Harvey | Leave a comment
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Get ready for Taylor Hicks playing at the Green Turtle Club Resort and Marina Friday night the 1st of June! Seating is limited, and preference will be given to our dinner guests for that evening. Tickets go on sale May 25th – call 800.513.5257 for more information!

“Fish Tales” Wins Bahamas Billfish Championship 2012 Opener at Great Guana Cay, Abaco

May 3, 2012 at 11:52 am | Posted in Bahamas, Billfish, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marlin | Leave a comment
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Alex Vazquez led team Fish Tales to an impressive victory at the Bahamas Billfish Championship’s first tournament of the 2012 season at Great Guana Cay, Abaco. Vazquez and teammate Joey Souto caught and released four blue marlin and a white marlin to earn 2,600 points for the win.

The BBC’s new format allows teams to fish three out of four days with a required ‘captain’s choice’ lay-day. Like most of the twenty-one boat fleet, Fish Tales took day one as their lay-day. Shortly after noon on day two, Vazquez released the team’s first blue marlin and Souto solidified the tournament lead by releasing the team’s second blue of the day shortly before three o’clock.

Fish Tales added to their lead on day three with another released blue marlin. However, on day three, all eyes were on Give It Away. BBC newcomers John and Anne Aramendia of Garden Ridge, Texas brought Give It Away within 300 points of the leader when Anne released a sailfish, white marlin and a blue marlin for a ‘grand slam.’ John added another blue and, at the end of day three, Give it Away had accrued 1,500 points to Fish Tales’ 1,800.

More importantly, in BBC tournaments, 700 ‘grand slam bonus’ points are awarded to a team catching a sailfish, white marlin (or spearfish) and blue marlin in one day during the tournament. At the conclusion of the tournament, the Grand Slam Bonus points are added to the team’s overall score for that tournament. This meant that the Hatteras 60, Fish Tales, needed more points on day four to avoid losing the lead.

But on day four, Barry Weshnak’s Miss Annie grabbed the spotlight releasing three blue marlin and edging Frank Rodriguez and Fa-La-Me out of third place because Miss Annie was the first to achieve 1,800 points. Meanwhile, Fish Talesadded another blue and a white to finish with 2,600 points. Anne Aramendia released a sailfish adding another 100 points to Give It Away’s total.

The Guana Cay Championship win earned Alex Vazquez and team Fish Talesa Randy Rich designed trophy presented by tournament sponsors MarineMax and Hatteras Yachts. In addition, the Miami, Florida based Fish Tales received a $500 gift certificate from Treasure Coast Propellers and a custom set of teasers from Reel Tease and Chum Buoy. Capt. Chris Zielinski and the Fish Tales crew each received a Randy Rich designed trophy sponsored  by Steve Lewis of the Lewis Marine Group.

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