Jul 9, 2010

Gulf Life

by Guy Harvey

guyIt has taken a while to execute this latest project, but I have released three new designs to raise funds for research work on marine life affected by the Gulf oil spill.  Two of these custom images are appearing on t-shirts under the appropriate title of “GULF LIFE ” and one as a unique poster.  Delivery of the shirts will begin next week with $10.00 of the $20.00 retail price going toward the  GHOF (Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation) Gulf Fund.  Fifty percent of the poster price will go to the same fund.  In initiating this project I am enabling people who want to participate in the clean up and research effort to do so by purchasing a unique design and supporting my cause.  These items will be available through all the usual retail channels and outlets, such as Bealls Dept Stores in Florida, Bass Pro Shops, Academy Sports, Hibbett Sports as well as many independent stores around the south-eastern U.S.  Additionally, south Florida’s biggest newspaper “The Sun Sentinel” is featuring my art and these designs in a special editorial on Sunday to increase awareness and encourage people to participate in this project.  The funds will be collected and administered by the GHOF and then distributed to organizations currently conducting marine research work in the affected area, such as the University of Florida, Mote Marine Lab, University of Alabama and the CCA, just to name a few.

You can view the Save Our Gulf T Shirt line here.

While the “bottom kill” procedure is scheduled to end the leak of oil by July 30 there is still a huge volume of oil floating around the gulf, some of which will make its way into the Atlantic Ocean.  We need to find out which marine creatures have been worst affected, which have survived by tolerance or evasion and to gather information on mortality, particularly of larval and juvenile stages of so many marine species that spend long periods near the surface. This knowledge will assist in predicting recruitment of species important in recreational and commercial fisheries for several years to come.  These studies will greatly assist us in preparing mitigating measures against any future spills.  There are many other worthwhile projects happening.  Just yesterday the government of the Cayman Islands, where I live, announced its intention to assist with hosting turtle eggs and hatchlings that are being relocated from affected beaches on the gulf coast.  The CI turtle farm is the only commercial turtle farm in the world and has the capacity and ability to assist in this effort.  This initiative is being sponsored by the Tortuga Rum Company and by Cayman Airways.  Agencies responsible for such action would do well in accepting such a generous offer.  I look forward to your comments and your assistance in raising $ for this worthwhile initiative.  Take action now and get involved.

Meanwhile, fish responsibly and dive safely.

Guy Harvey

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