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.

Guy Harvey Magazine Wins Addy Awards

March 12, 2012

For the second year in its two-year history, Guy Harvey Magazine has won some prestigious Addy Awards, presented by the American Advertising Federation for magazine layout and design. This year, Guy Harvey Magazine took home coveted Gold and Silver awards. The Gold was for the 2011 series of four covers featuring various renditions of Guy Harvey art from a bull dolphin to a blue marlin. The Silver Award was given for the overall design of the Fall 2011 issue, which included a 10-page article entitled, The Art of the T-Shirt. While Guy Harvey is well known for his ubiquitous t-shirts, it should be noted that he is also, Dr. Guy Harvey, noted marine biologist, philanthropist and conservationist.

The Addy Awards are held each year honoring the best and brightest design work in each chapter.

Reds, Flies and a Kayak

January 27, 2012

Guy Harvey Magazine Editor-in-Chief Fred Garth and his prized redfish

Last Sunday I was standing up in my kayak sight fishing for reds and poling with my paddle when I saw a school of about 50 fish in a foot of very clear water 30 feet from the boat.

Reds are easily spooked by any movement or boat shadows, so even though the sky was gray and I had the clothes to match, I crouched down and quickly shot the fly a few feet ahead of the school and bounced it slowly along the sandy bottom (Reds are a bit lethargic in January when the water temps fall into the 60s, so stripping a fly quickly usually doesn’t work for me).

Suddenly, a fish tugged softly on the lure and I set the hook. He ran a hundred feet or so as I tightened the drag, sat down and prepared for battle. Ten minutes later I had him next to the kayak so I could remove the hook. I tied a stringer through his gill and paddled around until he was strong enough to be released. After that, I was fully prepared to cheer Tom Brady and Eli Manning to victory!

The rod I used was an 8-wt. The lure is an original called a “Rocket”, tied by a friend of mine, Dr. Greg Speer. The location is somewhere in Northwest Florida near my house. That’s all the info I’m giving out on that subject.

Memories From Malpelo

October 20, 2011

After receiving the news of yesterday’s massacre of as many as 2,000 sharks at Malpelo, a World Heritage Site off the coast of Colombia, Guy Harvey Magazine Editor-in-Chief Fred Garth was moved to write about his experience diving with the island’s resident hammerheads and whale sharks during a photographic expedition 10 year ago.

Most scuba divers never have the chance to swim with a whale shark. For me, I’d been diving for 20 years before I saw my first one. I was at Cocos Island – 350 miles off of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast – when this giant puppy dog of the sea cruised by. My dive buddy and I spent 30 magical minutes gliding with her.

A few years later, I led a photographic expedition to Malpelo Island, a foreboding rock that juts out of the ocean offshore of Columbia. We were there to photography schooling hammerhead sharks for a magazine article. Malpelo is notorious for horrible currents, gut-wrenching swells, and nowhere to anchor a boat. There is no harbor; just sheer cliff faces that rise out of crushing waves. It’s like the Everest of diving. People die there.

But King Neptune smiled on us. We cruised in on glassy seas, zero current, and blue skies. Strange but true. On the very first dive, we had two whale sharks mingling with us. Then two more visited on the next dive. And so it went for three days: One, two, or three whale sharks on every dive. Strange again, but true again. Nobody cared about searching for hammerheads. We had our cake and ice cream, who needed a milkshake? Eventually we moved locations and found hundreds if not thousands of hammers schooling and showing off their impressively muscular torsos and wicked-weird heads. We got more pictures than we could publish.

But it was diving with whale sharks that was awe-inspiring. These friendly Goliaths grow as large as 40-feet long and seem to genuinely enjoy hanging around divers. We had strict rules against touching or riding them, although it would have been easy to do so. We only took pictures and they stayed until our bottom time ran out.

Tragically, shark fishermen have been targeting Malpelo even though it’s a wildlife sanctuary. It was just reported that 2,000 hammerhead, Galapagos and silky sharks were slaughtered there a few days ago all for money tied to Asia’s insatiable appetite for shark fin soup. They hack off the fins and throw the shark overboard to die. All for a bowl of soup. Tragic.

Guy Harvey and re:newal Team Up to Promote 100% Compostable Water Bottle

April 22, 2011

Guy Harvey and re:newal premium spring water are proud to offer a U.S. sourced premium spring water that uses a 100% plant-based compostable bottle.

Launched in February 2011, the Guy Harvey special edition re:newal premium spring water product will raise funds for ocean conservation programs by donating 10% of the proceeds from each bottle sold directly to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The GHOF funds inspired scientific research and innovative educational programs to help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish.

re:newal premium spring water packages pure spring water in a bottle made from plants, not petroleum. Most importantly, re:newal bottles offer more end-of-life options for consumers, who now have the ability to recycle, compost, incinerate or re-use their bottles.

To learn more about how traditional plastics are damaging the marine environment, read the special feature “Plastics: One Word/One World” in the brand new issue of Guy Harvey Magazine.

Guy Harvey Magazine Wins Five Addy’s at 2011 Awards Gala

February 24, 2011

PENSACOLA, FL, February, 2011 – Guy Harvey Magazine was honored with five awards at the 2011 ADDY® Awards Gala on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the Mustin Beach Officers Club in Pensacola. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Pensacola presented three gold and two silver ADDY® Awards to the magazine.

The three Gold ADDY® Awards were for Guy Harvey Magazine’s “Cayman Conservation” and “The Perils of Fame” editorial spreads; and the inaugural issue of the magazine. The two Silver ADDY® Awards were for Guy Harvey Magazine’s “The Man Behind the Brand” editorial spread and the magazine cover series.

The ADDY® Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 50,000 entries every year in local ADDY® competitions across the United States. The Gold level winners will automatically be entered into the state competition with the chance of advancing to the national competition.

“It’s a great honor to receive these awards in our first year of publishing,” said Editor-In-Chief, Fred Garth. “We’re grateful to all of the incredible writers and photographers who contribute to the magazine and especially the talented designers at Emagination Unlimited who have created such stunning layouts.”

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Guy Harvey Magazine Going to Press – Order Today!

March 11, 2010

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