In 1999, I partnered with the Oceanographic Center at Nova Southeastern University to form the Guy Harvey Research Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The GHRI was tasked with becoming a leader in the marine sciences community by expanding scientific knowledge of the world’s fish resources and biodiversity, with the ultimate goal being to provide information to help conserve the global fish stocks amid the danger of catastrophic declines.
In it’s short history, the GHRI answered this challenge beyond expectations and has become a world-renowned marine sciences research center. Led by Dr. Mahmood Shivji, the GHRI has been at the forefront of marine science and conservation efforts, including pioneering the use of DNA research to identify species involved in illegal harvesting and trade, validating the existence of a mystery billfish species and more recently, identifying the first known cases of sharks reproducing asexually. These accomplishments garnered worldwide attention and acclaim for the GHRI and helped cement its reputation as a producer of high quality and inspired conservation research.
Of course, it takes a significant amount of money to fund research of this scope and importance. That’s why the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has made a commitment to provide financial support to the GHRI. In a recent ceremony, the GHOF – in accordance with its mission to fund inspired scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments – presented the GHRI with a check for $100,000 so the institute can continue to pursue critical shark conservation research.
To learn more about the mission of the GHOF and how you can help organizations like the GHRI, visit the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation web site and pledge your support.