Big Tracks, Surprising Findings from 2015 Shark Tracking Project

February 19, 2016 at 1:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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GHRI 2015 All TrackingBy Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost staff writer

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The yellow, green, pink, and white dots and blobs on this Google Earth graphic cover such a large portion of the globe that it is difficult to show the entire picture.  And that means a heck of a lot to marine scientists like Drs. Guy Harvey, Mahmood Shivji, and Brad Wetherbee of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University near Fort Lauderdale.

The dots and globs represent the paths of some 40 sharks rigged with satellite tags that the scientists tracked in 2015:  three tiger sharks (green); 20 makos (yellow); seven oceanic whitetips (pink); and one dusky, four hammerheads and a sixgill (white and barely visible off Boca Grande, FL and Bermuda).

“Pretty impressive.  A huge part of the ocean,” noted Wetherbee of the sharks’ movements.

Satellite tags, which cost upwards of $4,000 apiece, are technology’s most precise method of monitoring the animals’ movements minute to minute.  Funded by the non-profit Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the transmitters are affixed to the sharks’ dorsal fin, sending their locations to a satellite that beams the information to the researchers’ computers.  Wetherbee then plots that information on Google Maps.

What this worldwide splash of color represents is a blueprint for protecting sharks from habitat loss and overfishing. And the tracking data has turned a few shark theories on their heads.

According to Wetherbee, tiger sharks– previously believed to be a coastal species– are nothing of the kind.  The data shows they spend half their time in the open ocean thousands of miles from shore, but in winter show a snowbird-like affinity for coral reefs in the Caribbean and Bahamas.  One tiger nicknamed Harry Lindo covered 27,000 miles– the longest distance ever tracked for the species.

Mako sharks seem to stick to the open ocean– cruising the edge of the Continental Shelf off the U.S. east coast then making long trips north to New England and Canada.

The oceanic whitetips tend to wander around aimlessly, though whatever they’re doing isn’t aimless to them– sort of like a bee flying over fields and alighting on several flowers in one field but totally ignoring those in another.

The makos and whitetips were named competitors in the Great Shark Race of 2015 created by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Research Institute to encourage businesses and individuals to sponsor satellite tags.  The shark covering the greatest distance in six months– a shortfin mako named Ebenezer that swam 7,387 miles–was declared the winner.  Ebenezer– named by Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Tortola, British Virgin Islands– was sponsored by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin United.  It was tagged off Ocean City, Md. on May 27, made it to Newfoundland in the allotted time, and is still transmitting.

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Unlike those free-swimming makos and whitetips, Wetherbee noted that hammerheads tend to stick to coastlines in the U.S. and avoid long-distance travel.  Sixgills, he said, stay in deep water and don’t go very far while duskys seem attached to certain sites, but still may travel a few hundred miles.

“There are sharks without a country, moving through 10 to 15 different countries,” Wetherbee said. “They are all over the place.”

The research has important implications for shark management:  knowing what countries’ waters the sharks use suggests who is responsible for managing that population and where the animals are most likely to be harvested by fishers.

“Shark populations have been overfished quite a bit.  Managing these populations is going to take international cooperation,” Wetherbee said.

Mako sharks, while not classified as overfished, could still be in trouble as they are heavily targeted by commercial longliners and recreational anglers in the U.S. and elsewhere.

“Makos are in a lot of areas with tuna and swordfish,” Wetherbee said.  “Everybody is after these makos because they are good to eat.”

Indeed, 13 of the 49 makos tagged by the GHRI scientists over the past four years have been caught and killed by commercial fishers.  The tiger sharks, fortunately, escaped those gauntlets.

Wetherbee, Harvey and Shivji plan more shark-tagging expeditions in 2016, hoping to fit another 40 to 50 animals with satellite transmitters.

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Sue Cocking chronicles the Guy Harvey Outpost travel and adventure experience in regular blog posts on GuyHarveyOutpostNews.com/.  For 21 years, Cocking covered the full spectrum of outdoors adventure opportunities in South Florida and beyond for the Miami Herald, including fishing, diving, hunting, paddling camping, sailing and powerboat racing.  She is a certified scuba diver and holder of an IGFA women’s world fly fishing record for a 29-pound permit.

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Guy Harvey’s Guide to Sustainable Eating

October 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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GuyHarveyTagHuerWatchLionfish_3949by Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost staff writer

When Guy Harvey recently hosted Diego Toiran, creator of the Spanish-language television fishing show, “Pescando en los Cayos” (Fishing in the Keys) for a shoot in his Grand Cayman Island home waters, Harvey did a lot more than pontificate about the importance of eating only sustainable seafood.

The marine artist/scientist/cinematographer dived 100 feet deep, speared a dozen lionfish to about 1 1/2 pounds, cut off their venomous spines, and had them prepared for dinner that night at Guy Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar by executive chef Bruno Deluche.  Harvey and Toiran chowed down in style.

“It’s our signature dish,” Harvey said of the candy-striped exotic from the Indo Pacific.  “It tastes good and you’re helping remove an invasive species.”

The restaurant serves lionfish– blackened, ceviche, tempura, whatever– seven days a week.  While touting it on the menu may not eradicate it from the Caribbean or other waters where it is reproducing, it can help tamp down lionfish numbers.  Every lionfish consumed by a human leaves one less predator on the reef decimating native fish stocks.

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has produced a guide to environmentally-friendly eating at www.guyharvey.com/seafood-guide/.  It’s similar to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guide, but it’s based on federal guidelines and research conducted by the Foundation itself.  All Guy Harvey Outpost restaurants adhere to it.

“We’re very strict and principled about providing fish that is sustainably caught,” Harvey said.

Harvey loves to eat fresh fish himself– especially lionfish, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, mahi, and wild-caught salmon — all of which are in good shape.  But his restaurants in the Cayman Islands do not serve grouper, which is over-exploited in the Caribbean and elsewhere.  And nowhere are shark or billfish to be found on the menu.  The chefs buy no seafood caught outside of legal harvest season or from waters closed to fishing.

As for the future of sustainable seafood, Harvey believes the up-and-coming fish  is tilapia– a ubiquitous, easy-to-grow freshwater species that some joke is so hardy that it can be farm- raised in a mud puddle.

“Down the road, tilapia is going to be the savior of the oceans,” he said.  “It’s very robust.  They grow quickly and taste good.  It will be the go-to fish to take the pressure off marine resources.”

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Sue Cocking chronicles the Guy Harvey Outpost travel and adventure experience in regular blog posts on GuyHarveyOutpostNews.com/.  For 21 years, Cocking covered the full spectrum of outdoors adventure opportunities in South Florida and beyond for the Miami Herald, including fishing, diving, hunting, paddling camping, sailing and powerboat racing.  She is a certified scuba diver and holder of an IGFA women’s world fly fishing record for a 29-pound permit.

The Guy Harvey Great Shark Race – Competitive Conservation

February 5, 2015 at 6:45 pm | Posted in Conservation | Leave a comment
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Businesses and individuals can sponsor and name their own shark and watch online as it races other tagged sharks.

Davie, FL – February 2, 2015 – The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at Nova Southeastern University, one of the world’s leading shark research groups, are launching the Guy Harvey Great Shark Race (GSR). This race allows businesses and individuals to sponsor sharks through the purchase of satellite tracking tags. These tags enable researchers and the public to follow these sharks online in near real-time. Whoever’s sharks travels the furthest in six months wins a Florida Keys fishing vacation.

Great Mako Race 2015

The GSR kicks-off on April 2, 2015 after GHRI researchers return from an expedition to Isla Mujeres, Mexico to deploy satellite tags on mako sharks. The second leg of the race starts on June 1, 2015, when researchers will be in Grand Cayman to tag oceanic whitetip sharks. The Smart Position or Temperature (SPOT) tags utilize the latest in tracking technology to allow researchers and the public to follow the sharks online in near real-time.

According to the IUCN, one-third of open ocean shark species are threatened with extinction. The data gathered in this race allows researchers to better understand the migration patterns and habitat utilization of these apex predators. This information is key to knowing where these sharks live and which areas should be protected.

“This is a great way for people to get directly involved with this cutting-edge shark research,” says world renowned marine artist and scientist Guy Harvey. “Plus, participants can promote their support and have bragging rights as family, friends and business associates follow their own shark online.”

All participants will receive a custom GSR certificate featuring the name of their shark, limited edition GSR artwork signed by Guy Harvey and publicity to the 750,000+ Guy Harvey social media followers. The sponsor of the winning shark will receive a fishing trip for two at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, in Islamorada, FL. Sponsors of tags that last one-year long receive a signed copy of Guy’s Book Fishes of the Open Ocean. For more information, visit www.GreatSharkRace.com.

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For those looking to catch their own shark to tag, Guy Harvey Outpost Expeditions is offering the opportunity to fish along-side the GHRI researchers and have a front row seat on the water as their shark is wrangled, tagged and released. For more information, visit www.GuyHarveyOutpost.com/Expeditions or 800-513-5257 or reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com

About Guy Harvey Outpost

Guy Harvey Outpost seeks to foster sustainable ecotourism with reciprocal benefits – both for customers and for the residents of these communities living amidst waterfront settings of unique heritage. The brand mission is to inspire guests to travel with friends and family to unique destinations, promote sustainable tourism and the stewardship of resources for the benefit of guests today, and those who follow in the years to come, and to engage guests in environmentally responsible and memorable recreational activities that instill life-long memories and shape individual growth. For more information, visit www.GuyHarveyOutpost.com.

About Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Founded by world renowned marine artist Guy Harvey, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds scientific research and educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. It is the mission of the GHOF to help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish, and other marine wildlife, flourish. For more information, visit www.GuyHarvey.com/ocean-conservation.

About Guy Harvey Research Institute

Established in 1999, the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) is a collaboration between the renowned marine artist, scientist and explorer, Dr. Guy Harvey, and Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. The mission of the GHRI is to provide the scientific information necessary to understand, conserve, and effectively manage the world’s marine fishes and their ecosystems. For more information, visit www.nova.edu/ocean/ghri.

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DISPATCH FROM THE FIELD: 5th Annual Lionfish Derby, Green Turtle Club, Abaco, Bahamas

July 4, 2013 at 12:05 am | Posted in Abaco, Bahamas, Conservation, Green Turtle Club, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Lionfish | 1 Comment
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GTC 5th Annual Lionfish Derby

This is Part I of a 3-part report by Capt. Ned Stone, Director of Programs for Guy Harvey Outpost, following his participation in the Green Turtle Club’s 5th Annual Lionfish Derby.

Filed by Capt. Ned Stone

Guy Harvey Outpost HQ, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

July 3, 2013

I caught the 12:30pm Lauderdale flight to Treasure Cay.  Grabbed my bag at gate check and was through immigration and customs in 10 minutes.  A couple of ladies asked me how to get to Green Turtle.  I said “Come on, let’s go.”  We piled into the second van in line and before the taxi’s air-conditioning had fully engaged we were unloading at the ferry dock.  The ferry arrived shortly and our bags were stowed before we could say “Thank you.”  We dropped some folks in town and a couple others along the way but were checked in at the Club in time for a grilled Mahi sandwich before 3 o’clock.

The Rum Punch, last year’s International Winners invited me to join their team. Boat name aside these guys were serious.   I was on the dock at 0525 and we were underway at 0545.  With an hour’s run north we were in the water by 7am.  We spread out along the lee shore of Allen’s Cay and started the hunt.  I had been assigned a pink mask and a pink pole spear.  I needed to kill something quick to re-claim my “Man Card.”  I saw lots of juvenile Nassau Grouper, a big octopus, a couple of lobster and plenty of snapper but no lionfish on the reef.

Jenna, our ever ready driver repositioned us down current. Val got one right off the bat. George got one too; so things were looking up.  Well sort of, I was filled with conflicting emotions.  When we can’t find them, that IS a good thing, right?  But charged with testosterone and on a mission; I needed to score.  In a Derby you really do keep score.  A hundred yards later I spied the enemy.  There were two proud sentinels guarding their fort.  My blood pressure jumped.  I grabbed my nose, dove, pulled my pole spear back and let fly.  A single spine of my paralizer had him; my shot was a bit high and left; a little too eager.   I pulled back to get his comrade before he could get away.  This time I took an extra second and lined up – center mass.  Got him!  But the thrust shook the first guy free and he was gone deep in the reef.

Further along I spied a small lionfish.  I lined him in my sights, and pulled the trigger.  He was just too small.  He got pinned to the reef with holes in him but when I pulled the spear back all those feathers went to work squirting into the reef

Our catch count was holding at 5 fish.  We were running low on time and energy.  We stopped at Spanish Cay dock where the owner said “Killed three yesterday.  Take another look.”  Over I went and was just about done when I spied the enemy out on a dolphin pile.  I needed to make one more kill.  This time I got in close and lined up the spear just outside his fin tips and let her go.  Three divers, a blond helms-lady, and a lot of saltwater,  Six dead lionfish, priceless!

Fortunately we had lots of help from Bahamian and international teams; combined we captured a total of 1204 of the enemy.

Ford EcoBoost 400 Winner to Receive Contender Boat Outfitted with Guy Harvey Seascape Design

November 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Posted in Art, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marine Art | Leave a comment
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MIAMI, FL—NOVEMBER 12, 2012— Homestead-Miami Speedway is again giving away a uniquely South Florida “trophy” to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series EcoBoost 400 race winner.  It’s a Bay Boat, equipped with a 250-horsepower, 4-stoke Yamaha engine, built by Homestead-based Contender Boats.

New for 2012 is that marine wildlife artist and conservationist, Dr. Guy Harvey has designed a wrap for the boat that features checkered flags, sailfish and marlin.  All 43 drivers in the Ford EcoBoost 400 field will have a chance to win the prize boat.

“Our relationship with Contender Boats started in 2011, and now includes another natural in Guy Harvey,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer.  “It’s fantastic to bring together these two iconic and uniquely South Florida entities that have collaborated to design and outfit this one-of-a-kind boat for our race winner.

In addition to the design for the boat wrap, Dr. Harvey and Homestead-Miami Speedway are teaming up for other fan elements:

* Dr. Harvey has designed the cover of the official Ford Championship Weekend program, which will be on sale at the track during race weekend.

* Dr. Harvey has also designed commemorative posters and t-shirts that will be for sale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, both during the race and beyond.  Proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts will be donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Driving for a Cause Foundation.

* South Floridians and out-of-town guests in for the race will be able to enjoy NASCAR stock cars that include Guy Harvey Custom Wraps.

“We’ve long believed that our fans and NASCAR fans share a passion or the outdoors,” said Dr. Harvey.  “We know our message of marine conservation and sustainable fisheries will find a receptive audience within NASCAR’s ranks.”

Guy Harvey, Sir Richard Branson Discuss Marine Conservation Issues

November 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Caymans, Guy Harvey, Marine Science | Leave a comment
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Left to right: Michael Ryan, Guy Harvey, Madeleine Ryan, Jessica Harvey and Sir Richard Branson.

I recently had an opportunity to meet with Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group. Sir Richard was in Grand Cayman to deliver the keynote speech at the recent “Alternative Investment Conference”, which was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Grand Cayman. The event was organized and hosted by Michael Ryan and also featured such notables as former U.S. President George W. Bush and former world’s number one golfer Greg Norman.

After the conference, I was able to meet with Sir Richard for a few minutes to discuss the potential for collaborating with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. I gave Sir Richard a quick overview of the GHOF and briefed him on several of the projects the Foundation has supported, with specific details on studies involving tiger sharks, mako sharks, bluefin tuna and billfish.

I elaborated on the role that GHOF research has played in highlighting the importance of the Bahamas archipelago to many species of sharks. In a collaborative effort with the Bahamas National Trust and the Pew Environmental Group, we convinced the government of the Bahamas to protect all sharks from commercial exploitation within their 200 mile EEZ.

Here in the Cayman Islands, the GHOF in involved in a multitude of research projects that includes Nassau grouper conservation, lionfish eradication and recruitment, and climate change studies at CCMI in Little Cayman. We are also actively engaged in shark research and blue marlin migration studies.

Documentary film making has also been a priority, so during the last year the Guy Harvey Expeditions team of producer George Schellenger, Jessica Harvey and myself have been on location nine times to conduct shoots in Panama, Nova Scotia, Little Cayman, Cocos Island (Costa Rica), the Bahamas and Isla Mujeres (Mexico). Our group made three trips to Isla Mujeres in 2012, teaming up with Captain Anthony Mendillo and crew to complete shoots on sailfish, mako sharks and whale sharks. Sir Richard was particularly interested in the sailfish and whale shark work as he has visited Isla Mujeres on several occasions, also guided by Captain Anthony.  We discussed the limited research done on sailfish and whale sharks and the opportunity to collaborate with the Georgia Aquarium research team in future research and conservation efforts.

I went to some length explaining the value of catch and release sport fishing to Caribbean island and Central American economies. I emphasized the need for a regional approach as many of the large pelagic species cover great distances that cross several jurisdictions. This requires a coordinated effort in management and conservation as one country’s regulations may not be the same as its neighbors.

I also discussed the need for research work on all the species mentioned, as without the scientific data one cannot make management decisions and thus achieve sustainability and conservation. Fishing is the method by which we access many of these creatures for study, underwater photography, tagging and genetic work. Sir Richard was not keen on fishing but acknowledged it is a useful tool in this arena.

We moved on to some more local issues, the hot topics being the condition of the Cayman Turtle Farm and the issue regarding stingray conservation through law. Sir Richard was concerned that turtles could still be fished by local licensed fishermen, given that turtles are protected world-wide. I pointed out that none of the current license holders have continued with this activity. The turtle farm itself needed to be divested I said, and turned into a better marine attraction whose focus was more on turtle replenishment, research and husbandry than on the consumption of the turtle meat. Our belief is that there are hundreds of thousands of turtle lovers who would be willing to donate $5 or $10 towards a satellite tagging program that would allow the turtles to be set free so that they can  provide information about migrations and long distance journeys.

The treatment of the stingrays in the Caymans is another sore point for many locals. The resident stingray populations have been sabotaged and removed by unknown persons for at least the last two years, and our census studies have shown a 50% reduction in the population during that time (a decade of research by the GHOF and the Dept of Environment has provided the base line information about this population). Four tagged stingrays were recently discovered in the Dolphin Discovery tourist attraction. Though the four tagged rays were released, the owners of the attraction have refused to release six untagged rays. Sir Richard said it should be very simple to change the law and have stingrays enjoy full protection from poaching given their ecological importance and their value to the island. After all the people of the Cayman Islands and millions of visitors have an enjoyed and benefited from this unique experience for the last 30 years.

The proposed expansion of marine parks by the Dept of Environment was a good move and Sir Richard commented that fishing has been known to improve in areas adjacent to marine parks. He said there are models out now that show countries need to protect 40 – 50 % of their shallow reef areas to ensure long term survivability. I commented that the Cayman Islands were a world leader in the formation of marine parks and in the protection of the spawning sites of the iconic Nassau grouper.

Sir Richard was very gracious and listened to many of our comments and suggestions. The meeting was much appreciated by all involved and the GHOF look forward to collaborating with Sir Richard and his foundation on several projects. It is our collective responsibility to conserve the marine environment and maintain the biodiversity of the planet.

Fish responsibly, dive safely.  Guy Harvey PhD.

Guy Harvey Film, Research Inspires North Vancouver Mayor to Support Shark Fin Ban

October 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Art, Conservation, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marine Science, Sharks | Leave a comment
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NOTE: The following article appears courtesy of Huffington Post Canada.

A wave of bylaws banning the possession, trade, sale and distribution of shark fin products has swept across the province of British Columbia this past month. North Vancouver joined Port Moody and Coquitlam in introducing a ban on shark fin soup in restaurants, a popular Asian dish that supports a vast industry that is decimating shark populations worldwide and threatens many species with extinction.

Interestingly, Artists for Conservation played an important role in this policy change. Last year the mayor of the city of North Vancouver, Darrell Mussatto, attended the first annual Artists for Conservation Festival on Grouse Mountain. It was there where he first met legendary marine artist Dr. Guy Harvey, a leading advocate for the shark-fin ban, and founder of the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI).

Dr. Harvey’s documentary “This is Your Ocean: Sharks” premiered at the festival last November and Mayor Mussatto had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Harvey about his efforts to save sharks from extinction through his film. That encounter inspired him to support a shark fin ban in his city last month.

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IGFA Praises Passing of Billfish Conservation Act

October 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Posted in Billfish, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marlin, Sailfish | Leave a comment
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NOTE: The IGFA released the following statement in response to President Obama signing of the Billfish Conservation Act:

Today, President Obama signed the the Billfish Conservation Act into law, effectively banning the importation of all billfish into the continental United States. The signing marks the culmination of a united undertaking by a diverse coalition of angling and conservation organizations working in cooperation with a bipartisan group of congressional champions. Although there are no commercial fisheries targeting billfish in the US, the US has been the largest importer of billfish in the world, importing about 30,000 billfish annually.

“This is a tremendous success for these highly migratory species,” National Coalition for Marine Conservation President (NCMC) Ken Hinman said. “Marlin, sailfish, and spearfish do not know country boundaries and travel through three of the planet’s oceans. Giving them greater protection in the United States sets the stage for better protection worldwide.”

With the largest buyer out of the market, the NCMC and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), who championed the bill, will now turn their attention to the international challenges facing these imperiled species. And with populations of three species of marlin having declined by more than 50%, their efforts come not a moment too soon.

“Recreational anglers and ocean conservationists have been the primary supporters behind the Billfish Conservation Act,” IGFA President Rob Kramer commented, “and I am confident that with this strong step by the United States, we will be able to raise support for more robust measures elsewhere.”

The support of the Billfish Conservation Act by groups like the American Sportfishing Association, the Center for Coastal Conservation, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean FoundationKeep America Fishing, the National Marine Manufacturer’s AssociationOCEARCH and numerous partners in the environmental community played an integral part in the bill’s success.

“We have sound science that indicates that billfish are not doing well on a global level,” IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser added. “Better international protection for these fish benefits open ocean ecosystems and recreational anglers around the world.”

Guy Harvey Talks Fisheries Symposium & Guy Harvey Outpost Grand Opening with Fishing Florida Radio

September 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Posted in Fishing, Florida, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., St. Pete Beach | Leave a comment
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Guy recently spoke with BooDreaux, Steve and Capt. Mike of Fishing Florida Radio to discuss the upcoming Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium, which is being held this week in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the new Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete Beach. Click here to listen to the interview.

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Donates $50,000 To Florida Youth Conservation Centers

September 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Posted in Art, Conservation, Fishing, Florida, Florida Lottery, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marine Art, Marine Science | Leave a comment
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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation check presentation (left-to-right) FWC Commissioner Charles Roberts; FWC Commissioner Aliese Priddy; FWC Commissioner Richard Corbett,  Antonio Fins, Executive Director of Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Steve Stock, President of Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey, Inc; FWC Chairman Kenneth Wright;  FWC Vice-Chairman Kathy Barco; FWC Commissioner Brian Yablonski; FWC Commissioner Ronald Bergeron; WFF Exec. Dir. Brett Boston

TAMPA, FL—SEPTEMBER 6, 2012— The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation today furthered its commitment to marine education efforts in the Sunshine State with a $50,000 donation to the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCNN).

The FYCCN is a non-profit partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Working with 85 partner organizations, FYCNN has served more than 120,000 Florida youths in the past three fiscal years by connecting them with traditional outdoor activities. The Guy Harvey organization’s donation will provide seed funding to establish 10 permanent summer camps for youths to introduce them to saltwater environment education, saltwater fishing, kayaking and other conservation-related activities.

Steve Stock, president of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey, Inc., said the FYCNN was made possible by monies raised this year through a partnership with the Florida Lottery. Guy Harvey’s artwork and merchandise, including apparel, have long been among the most recognizable and popular brand. In March of this year, The Florida Lottery launched the GUY HARVEY® Scratch-Off game, featuring a series of six colorful wildlife illustrations. The game distributed 12 million $2 tickets in just five months, making it one of the most successful scratch-off games in the 25-year history of the Florida Lottery.

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey, Inc., are committed to investing lottery game proceeds in marine conservation and education programs across Florida. The funding of the FYCCN is a major step toward achieving that goal.

“By supporting these youth conservation centers we are directly meeting our mission objectives to fund both inspired scientific research and innovative education programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments,” said Dr. Harvey.  “Helping our children develop a conservation ethic through a strong personal connection with nature is essential for   the future of the state’s natural resources.”

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