Guy Harvey Outpost Sponsors Auditorium at Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing

September 28, 2012

The newly rebranded Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort has jumped right in to supporting conservation efforts on the Gulf Coast by becoming title sponsor of Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum’s auditorium, now named Guy Harvey Outpost Auditorium presented by TradeWinds Island Resorts The 2,000 square foot, state-of-the-art auditorium features a 100-seat amphitheater with full audio and visual presentation capability. The auditorium will feature film presentations for children and adults, including the Guy Harvey video series, educational classes, seminars and community events. The auditorium sponsorship is contracted through 2017.

The Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum is an educational complex complete with auditorium, classrooms, historical and marine art galleries, interactive fishing simulator area, marine store and outdoor fishing lake – aligning perfectly with Guy Harvey’s signature brand of preserving marine resources through education in science and hands-on exploration.

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

September 6, 2012

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.”

Guy Harvey Film Festival Coming to St. Pete Beach

September 5, 2012

Film Festival Part of Gulf Fisheries Symposium

ST. PETE BEACH, FL August 31, 2012—Legendary fisherman, artist and conservationist, Dr. Guy Harvey, will host a film festival at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort on Saturday, September 15, 2012, in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium. Two of Harvey’s award-winning documentaries will be featured along with trailers for his upcoming films. Admission is free but parking is limited and will cost $5 per car. The first film with be shown at 7:00 p.m. with the second showing immediately following an intermission.

In 2011, Harvey’s documentary, This is Your Ocean: Sharks, won the Macgillivray Freeman Conservation Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California. It will open the Saturday night event. Also on tap for viewers will be Harvey’s latest film, Mystery of the Grouper Moon, which was filmed last year in the Cayman Islands.

“Grouper Moon is a very important project for us because it shows how science and art can work in concert to bring about responsible marine conservation,” Harvey said.

Mystery of the Grouper Moon focuses on a reef in Little Cayman where thousands of Nassau grouper congregate each February during the full moon. The grouper, which come to the same reef from miles around, are there for their annual spawning. Conservationists in Cayman persuaded the government to close fishing on the reef during the spawning season to protect the fish when they are vulnerable to mass catches by local fishermen.

“I have a lifelong love affair with fishing,” Harvey said, “and this film illustrates why there are certain times when we need to protect the species in order to have healthy and sustainable populations.”

This is Your Ocean: Sharks is a bit of a love affair as well between a man and a shark. The star of the film is Emma, a 12-foot tiger shark that has been befriended by famed scuba diver, Jim Abernethy. Conventional wisdom has been that tiger sharks are ruthless man eaters and historically they have been one of the most feared sharks. However, Abernethy and Emma formed a bond during hundreds of dives and they sometimes bump nose to dive mask in a heart-stopping show of affection. Abernethy likens Emma to a “puppy dog” and the film reveals how shark and man can peacefully co-exist.

The TradeWinds Island Grand is a 20-acre resort located on the unspoiled white sand beaches of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico, with extensive meeting space, five pools, fine and casual dining, beach bars and nearly limitless recreation for both adults and children.

Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium Announced for September 14-15 in St. Pete Beach, FL

August 21, 2012

Health of Gulf Seafood, Fishery Analysis and Habitat Restoration on Agenda

ST. PETE BEACH, FL—AUGUST 20, 2012— Two years after the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil well was finally capped, the largest gathering of scientists, fishery experts and government officials are gathering in St. Pete Beach to share the findings of their research, and to offer direction for further study.

The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium, on Sept. 14-15, is the first summit to bring together the various stakeholders in the Gulf’s fishery, an annual multi-billion-dollar industry for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

The oil gusher and the clear environmental damage in 2010 captivated international attention and raised doubts about the safety of eating Gulf of Mexico seafood. It also raised concerns about short- and long-term damage to fish stocks.  Research to be presented at the symposium will begin to definitively address these issues.

The symposium will also present the results of research funded by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation‘s 2010 “Save Our Gulf” campaign, which raised $500,000 to fund gulf fisheries research related to the oil spill. It will bring together representatives from all sectors of the marine world – recreational and commercial fishermen, non-governmental and governmental agencies, politicians, fishing authorities and marine scientists – to explore vital issues facing the Gulf through presentations and panel discussions. More than 200 are expected to attend and participate.

The recommendations offered by the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium will also involve requesting funding from the $20 billion trust established by BP to respond to claims from individuals, businesses and government entities.

Headliners appearing at the symposium are Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and a former Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at NOAA, and Dr. Guy Harvey, celebrated artist, fisheries scientist and conservationist. The symposium’s line-up includes Eric Schwaab, Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management, Gil McRae, Director, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), Donald Kent, President of the Hubbs-Seaworld Institute, Dr. Bob Hueter from Mote Marine Laboratory, Dr. Mahmood Shivji, Director of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University.

The ultimate mission of the symposium is to provide a platform where all stakeholder groups can share knowledge and move forward with a unified mission of a sustainable and healthy fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

For a final agenda and listing of speakers and panelists, please go to

The symposium will be held at the TradeWinds Islands Resort on St. Pete Beach.  The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium is sponsored by NOAA, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the University of South Florida, the Florida Institute of Oceanography, Mote Marine Laboratory, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey Magazine.

FWC Decides Not to Reopen September 1st Snook Season on Florida’s West Coast

June 29, 2012

Catch & release still permitted during closure

NOTE: This story was posted today on by Special Correspondent Frank Sergeant

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission ruled this week that the snook fishing season will remain closed on the state’s west coast, rather than reopening Sept. 1 as scheduled.

The season has been closed due to a 2010 cold-kill, which wiped out tens of thousands of fish from Clearwater to Naples.

“This is a wise move,” said snook guide Scott Moore of Holmes Beach. “I’m seeing big fish and a few slot (keeper-sized) fish, but no little fish — we’re missing whole-year classes due to the winter kill, and we need to get more in the pipeline before we start taking them again.”

The continued closure also was supported by the Coastal Conservation Association, which said that the number of adult snook on the west coast was down 20 percent after the freeze, and the numbers of juvenile fish killed was probably much greater.

The season will reopen Sept. 1, 2013, if the commission takes no further action.

Catch-and-release fishing for snook is permitted during the closure.

FLORIDIAN VIEW: The Water World of Guy Harvey

June 29, 2012

NOTE: This post is excerpted from an article in the June 2012 issue of Floridian View magazine.

By Jeanne Willard

Standing over six feet tall with sandy brown hair and sun-kissed skin, Guy Harvey looks every inch the avid outdoorsman while sporting one of his signature button-down fishing shirts paired with khaki’s  and casual loafers.  Harvey, 56, is perhaps best known for his realistic marine-life artwork that reels the observer into the ocean’s depths with an explosion of color and dynamic movement. But, you may not know that he’s also a scientist who holds a Doctorate in Fisheries Management and captains a multi-faceted business empire that supports his efforts as one of the world’s leading marine conservationists.

Harvey sat down exclusively with FV recently to talk about his art, passion for conservation, latest business ventures, and for those enthusiastic anglers – his favorite fishing spot. From apparel to dinnerware, home furnishings to gifts, sportswear to fine art and jewelry to speciality license plates, the Guy Harvey empire is all about  the cause.

Born in Germany, Harvey was the son of a British Army Gunnery Officer.  He honed his fishing and diving skills growing up in Jamaica, and was profoundly influenced by Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and The Sea.” At the age of 17, the classic tale so captured his imagination that he took on the task of illustrating the entire story in pen and ink. Those drawings comprised the self-taught artist’s first exhibition in Kingston, launching his decades-long career.

Today, Harvey’s works are most recognizable by the meticulously detailed and brilliantly colorful paintings of large game fish such as marlin, tuna and sailfish. He relies on his scientific knowledge and observation of marine life in its natural habitat as inspiration, and has become an accomplished diver and underwater photographer.

Harvey rarely paints from photographs, despite his skill and love of photography, preferring the “minds-eye” snapshot of marine life interactions. Many of his paintings portray large fish circling smaller fish, and sharks feeding on stingrays, among other dynamic aquatic happenings.


Register Now for the VERY LAST Guy Harvey Gear Giveaway from the Florida Lottery!

June 12, 2012

It’s time to enter the VERY LAST Guy Harvey Gear Giveaway from the Florida Lottery. To enter to win, just “Like” the Florida Lottery Facebook Page, then click on the Giveaway tab & choose your favorite Guy Harvey scratch-off ticket design. After that, leave your contact info so they can find you if you win. The deadline is Sunday, June 24th at midnight. Prize packs include a Guy Harvey t-shirt, beach towel, hat & Tervis tumbler. Good luck!

Hammerhead Shark Washes Ashore, Beach Goers Tow it Back to Sea!

June 11, 2012

The following story is courtesy of WSVN 7 News:

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SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Beach goers’ jaws dropped on a South Florida beach when a shark hit the sands and washed ashore.

A nearly two-and-a-half foot long hammerhead shark tried to beach itself on Sunny Isles Beach, Sunday.

“There was a guy next to me getting up on a chair, and he was like going like this, ‘Oh, my God, a shark!'” said one woman.

Beach goers in the area were shocked to see the animal flipping around in ankle deep water near the shore. “On this beach? No, no, very rarely do sharks ever come in on the beach,” said one man.

Cell phone video captured the shark performing a death roll-like move while washing onto shore.

The shark sighting brought in crowds by the dozens- everyone armed with smart phone in hand capturing the seemingly wounded animal. “And he looked like he was caught and released before, he was missing a fin,” said Sam Bud, who witnessed the shark rescue “And they took it down there about a mile in the middle but he’s gonna swim back this way. He was looking for help.”

One man got up close and personal with the shark and tried to push it back into the water, yet the hammerhead just struggled too close to the shore.

At some point, two men used their personal watercraft to haul the hammerhead back into deep open water.

Although some people said the shark was never a danger to people, others found it disturbing. “We were actually pretty surprised how close it go to us,” said Cody Schurgin. “It was actually right on the shore. If we went close enough, it definitely would have tried to attack us for sure.”

Whether some were scared or some wanted to help, all of the beach goers have quite a shark tale to tell. “The people that were riding these things and then they were trying to catch the sharks,” said Nicoles Pages, who said he was not scared.

Hammerheads could potentially be dangerous, though they rarely attack humans. Wildlife experts say you should always call authorities rather than to help a beached shark yourself.

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Renowned Sawfish Expert George Burgess Discusses Work to Save Critically Endangered Sawfish

June 5, 2012

In 2010, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Hell’s Bay Boatworks donated a custom boat and trailer valued at more than $50,000 to renowned sawfish and shark expert George Burgess and the Florida Program for Shark Research for use in the team’s efforts to document and conserve the critically endangered sawfish. This blog has published several of George’s field reports detailing the group’s work in Florida Bay. 

“Once plentiful in local waters, the giant sawfish faces threats”

By Dinah Voyles Pulver, Environment Writer, The Daytona Beach News-Journal (June 4, 2012)

George Burgess is a shark guy. He has studied them for 40 years and tracks every shark bite report internationally. But, ask him about the smalltooth sawfish and his voice fills with admiration.

“Sawfish are ridiculously cool,” said Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the University of Florida. “Even though I love sharks, it’s kind of hard to beat a sawfish for sexiness. They’re marvelous.”

But the sawfish is in trouble, a victim of both its own biology and human impacts. Experts believe the prehistoric-looking fish was once much more common off the Atlantic Coast and in the Indian River Lagoon system, where a fisherman in the late 1800s reported catching 300 sawfish in a single season. Today, most fishermen haven’t seen a sawfish in the lagoon or offshore in years. Veteran fishing guide Brian Clancy of New Smyrna Beach said he has never seen one.

That’s something Burgess and other researchers and conservation groups would like to change. The team has turned to the public for help, to people who live where the fish are found.

“You can’t recover any species unless people in the area are willing to make it happen,” Burgess said. “It’s in our best interest, not just from a pure emotional standpoint, that we want to save this incredible animal. It’s sort of a swimming fossil of sorts and one of the most archaic things you’ll see in the water.”

At least three local businesses have been involved in the effort, including Benedict Advertising, which donated its services to help launch the Save the Sawfish campaign and website.

Owner Michael Benedict has been involved in the project for several years, helping to link Burgess with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Chris and Wendi Peterson of New Smyrna Beach in 2010, when the Petersons donated a boat to the university from their Titusville business, Hell’s Bay Boatworks.

Benedict has never seen a sawfish. “I hope to see one someday,” he said. “That’s kind of the whole idea behind this, to give these fish a chance again.”

Named for their hedge-trimmer shaped bills, sawfish are closely related to stingrays. About 2 feet long at birth, they average 18 feet in length as adults. They’ve been protected in Florida since 1992 and federally listed as endangered since 2003.

No local sightings have been reported to the UF-maintained International Sawfish Encounter Database since at least 2007. The database lists one sighting offshore of Volusia County between 2003 and 2007. Between May 2010 and May 2011, 499 sightings were reported in Florida, primarily in Lee and Monroe counties.

Experts estimate the total population of the sawfish at between 5,000 and 10,000.

David Nelson, a fishing captain who leads trips offshore said local sawfish sightings were rare “even back in the day.” His father, Paul Nelson, remembers seeing one in a shrimp net in the 1960s.

Burgess said the biology of the sawfish, “like other sharks and rays, is their Achilles heel.”

“Anything that gets up to 25 feet in length is going to be found in a lot less numbers,” he said. They’re slow growing, slow to mature and produce fewer young. An adult sawfish may reproduce two young every other year that manage to survive to adulthood.

“They were rare from the start and became more and more unusual as we fished them out and changed their habitat.”

Burgess is a member of the federal sawfish recovery team, which includes universities, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and conservation organizations. The partners are attempting to document all encounters, current and historic, Burgess said. Fishermen can report sightings online or by phone. The team has searched old newspapers, fishing reports and museum collections.

The researchers believe a relative of the sawfish, the largetooth sawfish, may be virtually extinct.

Sawfish suffered a double whammy, Burgess said. They live in waters with close proximity to humans, which creates one set of problems, and they’ve also been overfished.

Burgess suspects pollution flowing into the Indian River Lagoon from surrounding suburban development may have impacted the sawfish. Development changes natural water flow cycles in streams and stormwater runoff and nutrients flow into the lagoon from golf courses and yards and change the ecology, he said, causing algal blooms and other problems.

But the bigger problem is they were “mostly fished out of existence,” Burgess said, mainly the result of bycatch while fishermen were trying to catch other things. Their bills left them easily prone to being caught up in nets and fishermen “didn’t much like having them,” he said, because a net would have to be cut to get the sawfish out.

They were also a popular trophy fish. Burgess said you’d be hard-pressed to walk into any South Florida bar that doesn’t have a sawfish hanging on the wall.

Researchers need to know the “nuts and bolts of the biology,” so they can assess the sawfish population and figure out how to help the prehistoric-looking fish recover, Burgess said. They want to know more about where they go, what they eat and their greatest threats.

Burgess and a research team just wrapped up this year’s federally permitted research project in South Florida, touching 11 sawfish, their full permitted allotment.

Recovering the sawfish will be a marathon, “not a sprint to recovery,” Burgess said. It will require reducing mortality and restoring health to inshore waters in the Lagoon.

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“It’s going to take a very long time to bring that population up, maybe 100 years, and we’re about 10 years into that process,” he said. “Our children and grandchildren are going to be working on this.

“It’s a spectacular thing when you see one,” Burgess said. “They’re a dangerous animal if they come up to the surface. I suppose that adds to the intrigue.”

For a fisherman who catches a sawfish, he said, “it’s a moving experience.”

Guy Harvey Interview on Fishing Florida Radio

June 4, 2012

Ever wonder what fish Guy loves to catch above all others? You can find out by listening to his interview with Fishing Florida Radio. Guy discusses his recent shark tagging expedition in the Bahamas and how his childhood in Jamaica influenced his career path. CLICK HERE to listen to these stories and more!