Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Sep 9, 2011

Guy Harvey and Surf Style Partner on Giant Mural in Clearwater Beach, FL

This 44' x 24' Guy Harvey mural now adorns the new Surf Style parking garage in Clearwater Beach, FL with the grand opening of the new Surf Style locaction last weekend on Labor Day

A giant mural courtesy of Guy Harvey, the artist and entrepreneur known for his depictions of marine wildlife, now appears on the side of a multi-story parking garage overlooking Clearwater Beach.

The garage was built by Surf Style, a store next door which sells swim suits, T-shirts, beach balls, and other beach-related products – including many that are part of the various Guy Harvey lines.

The city passed an ordinance in 2005, requiring any development project which is $5 million or more to include a certain percentage of the cost for public art, according to Christopher Hubbard, cultural affairs specialist for the city of Clearwater.

The developers can do this one of two ways, Hubbard said. They can set aside 1 percent of the project cost and erect the art themselves, or they can give the city three-quarters of a percent of the cost, and the city will decide what public art project to put it toward, Hubbard said.

Surf Style chose to do it on its own. The amount allocated for the mural is $125,445.

According to Steve Stock, president of Guy Harvey Inc., the idea came up a couple of years ago at an expo. Surf Style has been selling quite of bit of Guy Harvey merchandise, and Guy Harvey Inc. has done a handful of murals – including one of the Fort Lauderdale skyline inside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.

The mural is as much an advertisement for Guy Harvey products – Stock called the mural a billboard – as much as it is a work of art.

The mural is vertical — 44 feet tall and 24 feet wide — and is about 30 feet above the ground, said Hubbard. It was approved by the city’s Public Art and Design Board after the board concluded it met the three criteria required – that it’s accessible to the public between normal business hours; that the work is done by a professional artist; and that the proper amount of money has been spent on the project.

The Marriott Residence Inn in downtown Clearwater was also required to come up with some public art, which it did, in the form of some glass artwork and prints in their lobby, along with a fountain designed by a California artist.

For the mural, Harvey first put together an acrylic painting on canvas. That painting will essentially be magnified into a vinyl strip that is of the same type used to wrap an advertisement or a public service announcement around a bus.

Much like the Fort Lauderdale airport mural, the one on the Surf Style garage depicts the skyline as seen from the Gulf of Mexico. It features Pier 60, and, in the distance, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, and the Surf Style garage, with its gigantic mural.

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Aug 31, 2011

Guy Harvey Art to Support Marlin Conservation

Guy Harvey art supports efforts to the IGFA and NCMC in their "Take Marlin Off the Menu" effort

Marlin populations throughout the world are being wiped out by commercial overfishing.  Concerned about the health of billfish fisheries, the IGFA and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation joined forces in 2008 to create the “Take Marlin off the Menu” campaign. In just two short years, the campaign gained the support of such luminaries as Wolfgang Puck and the Wegmans Supermarket chain – as well as the attention of U.S. policymakers. Their support hinged largely on an Economic Analysis of International Billfish Markets which shows that the economic value of the U.S. billfish trade is almost nil in relation to the rest of the U.S. commercial fishing industry.

This new marlin artwork from Guy Harvey was created to support this important effort.  It is currently illegal to harvest or import Atlantic-caught billfish into the U.S., but fish caught in the Pacific Ocean flood into U.S. markets in substantial numbers, threatening the survival of these fisheries. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2011 (S. 1451 and H.R. 2706), introduced into Congress on July 29, would close U.S. commercial markets to Pacific billfish, preventing their sale and importation (excluding Hawaii and Pacific Insular Island Area). In short, this important bipartisan legislation will help restore billfish populations and improve recreational fishing opportunities while concurrently creating jobs and other economic benefits.

Your support of the Billfish Conservation Act would close the U.S. to commercial billfish harvest, importation and sale. It would have a negligible impact on the commercial industry in the U.S. while helping increase the abundance of these important apex predators as well as the value of the recreational fishery, which brings in billions of dollars annually but has a minimal impact on billfish populations.

To learn how you can help support this important Take Marlin off the Menu effort please contact the IGFA at or NCMC

— Bill

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Sep 29, 2010

Guy Harvey Touches Up Cayman Airport Mural

Guy touching up his 32 foot long mural at Owen Roberts International Airport on his home island of Grand Cayman

The Cayman Island Airport Authority are sprucing up Owen Roberts International Airport, so asked me to come in and touch up the paintings that have been there for 6 years for the enjoyment of all arriving residents and visitors.

Guy gives the "thumbs up" to his barracuda among the back reef life

All the paintings were cleaned and restored and hung in the original 8 panel sequence, depicting the magnificent coral reef animals for which the Cayman Islands are famous. Going from shallow water with quintessential stingrays on the left through the back reef with tarpon, barracuda, parrotfish and hogfish, out to the deep fore reef with turtles, sharks and spotted eagle rays on the right in one beautiful sequence.

Vivid colors of sea life at the deep fore reef

It is the only original 8 panel painting I have done.  In the immigration hall of ORIA a 32 foot X 12 foot painting of a Cayman fisherman catching a giant blue marlin in a catboat is the second largest airport mural I have done.  The biggest is the 90 foot X 35 foot mural in Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Terminal One in Florida.

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Mar 17, 2010

Do Billfish Use Their Bills To Help Capture Prey?

Anglers have known for some time that that broadbill swordfish do in fact use their bills to help them secure a meal.  For example, Southern California anglers have watched firsthand as swordfish cut their mackerel in half with a quick flip of the bill.

While sailfish are best known for their above water antics, Guy Harvey also depicts them below the water

While sailfish are best known for their above water antics, Guy Harvey also depicts them below the water

Marlin and sailfish, however, were a different story.  There had long been a debate as to whether or not marlin and sailfish actually used their bills to stun and then eat a bait, or did they simply use their bills as a balancing mechanism to assist in their swimming motion? 

When a marlin or sailfish rises in the spread and attempts to eat the trolled lure or rigged bait, the bill moves violently in that effort.  Some have thought that the fish were attempting to hit the bait with their bill while others have speculated that the bill played no part in the effort and simply followed the movements and direction of the fish’s excited and hungry mouth.  Even slow motion video of surface feeding billfish could not conclude this long standing debate. 

Two Sails

Feeding sailfish as witnessed firsthand by Guy Harvey

This long standing debate ended during an underwater filming expedition where I was able to not only witness firsthand, but also film on different occasions both marlin and sailfish using their bill’s to stun and catch meal.  It was a real thrill to witness off of Isla Mujeres using their extended dorsal fins to corral the bait into a tight school.  It was an even bigger thrill to then watch the sailfish make a distinct motion with their bill to hit and stun the sardines and then circle back to eat them as they sank away from the school. 

The ocean is full of exciting scenes such as the one described above.  I feel so fortunate to have been able to witness firsthand so many awesome moments underwater, and even more fortunate be able to make my living bringing those scenes to you through both art and film.  My painting Two Sails was created by taking what I witnessed firsthand, putting that to canvas, and then on to fishing t-shirts and other items.

Billfish Feeding from Guy Harvey Sportswear on Vimeo.

Feb 22, 2010

2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Wearing Guy Harvey Nautical Jewelry

Previously known for fishing clothing and fishing T shirts for hard core fishermen, Guy Harvey jewelry and clothing is gaining popularity with anyone that loves the ocean and the coastal lifestyle.

Brooklyn Decker and friends sport Guy Harvey Jewelry in 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2010 — Guy Harvey’s famous marine wildlife artwork is now seen being worn not only by fishermen, but by men and women, college students, teens and even young kids. And most recently Guy Harvey’s artwork is showing up as fine jewelry on beautiful swimsuit models like Brooklyn Decker and Anne V in the recently released 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Guy Harvey Nautical Jewelry

Guy Harvey Nautical Jewelry

Brooklyn Decker and friends sport Guy Harvey Jewelry in 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue “It was like walking up to the plate in the world series and hitting the ball out of the park at first bat,” said Jim Fortescue, owner of Nautora, the official licensee and manufacturer of Guy Harvey Jewelry. “I couldn’t possibly envision a better promotional opportunity than on the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for our nautical jewelry line.”

Just a few years ago, the primary place you might see Guy Harvey’s artwork outside of a picture frame, was on fishing t shirts worn by salt water fishermen. But that has changed as evidenced not only by the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, but by the millions of dollars in Guy Harvey clothing being sold through retailers across the U.S. and online to a wide variety of people of all ages.

Anne V wearing Guy Harvey Jewelry
Anne V wearing Guy Harvey Jewelry

“Guy Harvey clothing, jewelry, and other licensed products are really striking a chord with a broad cross section of people across the country,” said Bill Shedd, owner of AFTCO Bluewater, the licensee for Guy Harvey apparel and operator of the newly launched official online store “We have watched long lines of people of all ages wrapping around the block, waiting for an autograph at Guy Harvey’s signing events…Moms with 10 year old sons, Dads with 17 year old daughters, and college students both male and female,” Shedd continued.

“I think Guy Harvey’s growing popularity is more than just about beautiful fish art as fashion, said Mahmood Shivji, Director of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University. “Guy Harvey is all about conservation, about sustainability, about educating the public, and about saving our oceans and the marine life so that future generations will be able to appreciate and use the marine resource as we have. No one is more passionate and involved with the ocean than Guy Harvey. He doesn’t just talk about it, he does something about it. A portion of every Guy Harvey jewelry, clothing and other licensed product sale goes to fund important marine research, and I believe informed consumers that love our oceans really relate to Guy’s commitment.”

Jessica White wearing Guy Harvey

Jessica White wearing Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey’s Facebook page has over 109,000 actively engaged fans, many of them college students and younger, supporting the claim of a widening audience. Both Guy Harvey Jewelry and Guy Harvey Sportswear are actively seeking additional product placement opportunities.

About Guy Harvey Jewelry

Guy Harvey’s artwork is now featured in a line of fine jewelry. Nautora has transferred Guy Harvey’s ocean themed artwork into three dimensional works of personal designer jewelry. The new jewelry line features an assortment of Marlins, Sailfish, Porpoises, Sharks, Hummingbirds, Sea Turtles, King Mackerel, Tarpon, Dorado, Macaw and Tropical Fish. The line features delicate pieces for the ladies, and robust, heavier pieces for the guys. Nautora has used a variety of combinations of sterling silver, 18k gold, platinum, diamonds and gemstones to create an impressive selection. All pieces in the line have Guy’s signature exquisitely featured on the reverse side. Guy Harvey’s Signature Jewelry is available at many fine retail stores. Prices range from $59.95 to $30,000. To locate a retailer go to

About Guy Harvey Sportswear

Guy Harvey Sportswear represents a full line (over 7,000 styles and sizes) of high quality Guy Harvey Men’s fishing t shirts featuring his extraordinary detailed paintings of big game fish like marlin, sailfish, tuna and more, in addition to other men’s fishing clothing like tech and performance shirts, fishing shorts, fishing hats, belts, shoes, and sandals. There is also a wide selection of Women’s clothing including dresses, skirts, shorts, knits, tanks, and tops, in addition to popular new Junior’s and Young Men’s t shirt lines featuring more youthful designs and a slimmer cut. The Youth department includes fishing shirts, t shirts, and hats. Guy Harvey Sportswear is available at many retail locations as well as online at:  (A retailer locator is available on the site.)

Feb 17, 2010

Thanks for Visiting Me at the Miami Boat Show

Guy signing his Guy Harvey fishing t-shirts at the 2010 Miami Boat Show

Guy signing his Guy Harvey fishing t-shirts at the 2010 Miami Boat Show

Thanks to all of you who stopped by at the Miami Boat Show to say hello.  I’ve been part of this show since 1987 and each year brings something different.  This year was the debut for the Guy Harvey Artist Pavilion, a separate booth from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.  This gave me an opportunity like no other.  I was able to showcase my art collection along with Guy Harvey sportswear and other licensed products which allowed me to spread the word of awareness about marine conservation.

One of the most wonderful surprises from this show and other recent events I have attended is how broad the Guy Harvey customer base has become.  In past shows, I would visit primarily with older saltwater fishermen.  This year in our pavilion, I talked to mothers with their 17 year old sons, dads with their 10 year old daughters, and college students both male and female.  I especially liked talking to the kids, as it is most critical that we educate our youth on the importance of marine conservation.

Jim Buie, sales manager of Nautora with Guy Harvey jewelry from recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

Jim Buie, sales manager of Nautora with Guy Harvey jewelry from recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

This broadened support base was made obvious by our jewelry licensee Nautora.  As part of their display in the Guy Harvey Artist Pavilion they featured some photos of ladies wearing Guy Harvey jewelry in the current issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  Being chosen to participate in this wildly popular event is a testament to both the quality of the Guy Harvey jewelry, and the growing appeal of the Guy Harvey brand.  Thanks to Jim Fortescue and his team at Nautora for making this happen.

As I watched people peruse through the aisles at this year’s boat show, I was in awe to see the amount of attendees wearing some form of Guy Harvey sportswear.  I think it’s important for people to know they are part of something big and making a difference in the world in which we live.  Remember that it takes cash to care and that with the purchase of a Guy Harvey t-shirt, or any of the Guy Harvey products, a percentage of the sale goes to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.  Supporting the foundation that I have organized is imperative, so that researchers can continue to work on important marine resource issues. 

My gratitude goes out to everyone that has supported me throughout the years.  I could not have accomplished what I have without each and every one of you.  Whether you have purchased a Guy Harvey tee, or you’re an art aficionado of my work, or have worked with me in my research.  I thank you.



Guy Harvey

Feb 9, 2010

Guy Harvey’s Marlin a Month | February 2010

Fresh from my success in catching a blue marlin during the last week of January, I was anxious to continue my quest to catch at least one of these magnificent creatures each month from my home waters around Grand Cayman.  As February arrived, also “fresh” was my memory of last month’s dual hookups on blues at Twelve Mile Bank.  It should be no surprise then that I chose the bank as our destination when I fished with my brother-in-law Jonathan Collier, who made a February visit from Australia.  The day was relatively uneventful up until we finally hooked up with a blue marlin while trolling back from the bank.  During the lengthy battle, the jumping fish got wrapped up in the leader, but we were able to successfully release the 140-pounder at boat-side.

Guy finds the Performance fishing shirt and visor, recent additions to his line of Guy Harvey Sportswear, to be boat-worthy while trolling for marlin

Guy finds the Performance fishing shirt and visor, recent additions to his line of Guy Harvey Sportswear, to be boat-worthy while trolling for marlin

Next to visit, was friend and renowned English wildlife artist Ian Coleman. Ian dives a lot but he had never caught a blue marlin.  On February 25, after enjoying a fantastic morning dive at Tarpon Alley, we boarded my 26-foot center console, and once again I headed for the Twelve Mile Bank.  Our fishing activities were delayed when we encountered a broken-down boat that we towed back to West Bay, so we didn’t make it out to the bank until about noon.  Even at that, we were pleasantly greeted with an abundance of surface activity as frigatebirds worked over schools of feeding skipjack tunas.

It wasn’t long before we trolled up a marlin in our spread, but this first one embarrassed me — inspecting our offerings but then passing up all four lures! Feeling the frustration, I continued to circle the area until the left short rigger went down hard — blue marlin!  As Coleman was settling in his harness to prepare for his first-ever battle with a blue, the right rigger got bit — two on!  I left that rod in the holder while scrambling to retrieve the left flat when yet another blue marlin pounced on that lure.  Wow!  This was starting to feel like familiar territory.

The triple hook-up was short-lived, as the first marlin shook off quickly.  After another 10 minutes or so, the second fish came off, so Coleman was left to fight the third fish while I steered the boat.  It was a tough battle, but Ian got his first blue marlin, a fish I judged to be 170-plus pounds.  After a successful release, out went the lures again, and within 15 minutes, another marlin crashed the right long rigger and jumped going away.  Coleman was cooked, so I grabbed the rod and worked the fish to the boat, a blue that was smaller then our first at about 125 pounds.  That concluded 90 minutes of seemingly non-stop action where we scored five blue marlin bites and released two.

BLUE TANGO: Guy's painting portrays a blue marlin feeding on skipjack tunas, which was the case when he fished Twelve Mile Bank in February

BLUE TANGO: Guy's painting portrays a blue marlin feeding on skipjack tunas, which was the case when he fished Twelve Mile Bank in February

Two days later, on February 27, I snuck in my last blue marlin of the month while fishing with visiting angler Jim Armour.  We hooked up just off the area known as Papagallo on North West Point.  I was particularly excited because this was the first fish and the first marlin caught from my new 28-foot Scout Makaira II.  With a cold front approaching, we decide to squeeze the trip in before what would almost certainly be several days of rough seas.  Around Grand Cayman, the trick to fishing during the winter months is to carefully choose good weather days, as it does get very rough on the water with fronts bringing strong northwest then northeast winds.

— Guy Harvey

Check this blog next month for my adventures in March, 2008, as I continue my quest to catch a blue marlin every month of the year.

Feb 4, 2010

Guy Harvey and Wyland Collaborate in Cayman

Guy helping local island kids with their paints

Guy helping local island kids with their paints

On February 2nd, Guy Harvey and Wyland met up in Guy’s home country the Cayman Islands to collaborate on a mural in front of the Guy Harvey Gallery & Shoppe.  Proceeds from the sale of the mural will be donated to the Cayman Island Turtle Farm’s release program that is helping to replenish the Green Sea Turtle stock.  During the event Wyland and Guy also worked together to help teach local island kids some of the finer points of marine art.

Wyland painting with the kids

Wyland painting with the kids

Guy Harvey and Wyland are the world’s most famous marine artists, but their similarities don’t stop there.  They share a passion for the ocean and for educating the world about important ocean issues through their art, their foundations (Wyland Foundation and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation) and through their many business and personal activities.

Guy and Wyland working on the mural, with Wyland sporting his Guy Harvey t-shirt

Guy and Wyland working on the mural, with Wyland sporting his Guy Harvey t-shirt

Both are world class divers and Wyland was inducted into the SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame last week.  Guy is also a world-renowned angler and was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame last fall.

I am blessed to call each of them my friend.  They both possess many wonderful talents and traits, but the fact that they admire each other’s work, are friends and speak highly of each other is unique.

In this competitive “me first” world of “I am better than you”, it is a beautiful thing to see the world’s two most talented marine artists working together so closely for the benefit of the world’s oceans and the creatures who call it home.

Jan 27, 2010

NEW! Guy Harvey Artist Pavillion Debuts at Miami International Boat Show

My mom making her point in the show booth

My mom making her point in the show booth

I would like to invite you to meet me at the 69th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail in the Guy Harvey Artist Pavilion, room 2700 (the west side of the Miami Convention Center).  The Boat Show runs Thursday, February 11th through Monday, February 15th.  You can expect the largest collection of my marine wildlife artwork in many forms.  View my latest originals and reproduced artwork depicting a variety of species such as marlin, sailfish, tuna and other offshore fish.  If you’re not in the market for one of my paintings, no worries, because there will be other Guy Harvey merchandise such as Guy Harvey T-Shirts for the entire family, fishing apparel for men and women, my latest books and much more.  Of course, you can pre-purchase your Guy Harvey clothing at the dealer nearest you or right here at before the boat show and then I will sign it at my booth.

I will be at the show during the times listed below in the new Guy Harvey Artist Pavilion, room 2700.  Stop by to say hello.

Thursday (2/11) from noon–5:00pm
Friday (2/12) from 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday (2/13) from 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday (2/14) from 10:00am–4:00pm


Nov 16, 2009

Guy Harvey IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction

In October of 2009 I was inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame.  It was a great honor joining the ranks of some of my greatest heroes in the fishing arena.  The following is a transcript of my acceptance speech.
Guy's induction ceremony acceptance speech into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame on October 27, 2009

Guy's induction ceremony acceptance speech into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame on October 27, 2009

“Thank you very much Mark. Mark set a standard in his TV shows for many other hosts to follow, including me, and I am particularly appreciative of your advice and assistance. I am looking forward to the day when you teach me how to catch a sailfish on a cigar!

Congratulations to the other deserving people being honored tonight. The international nature of the IGFA is reflected in the range of nationalities awarded here, a Costa Rican, an Auzzie, two Americans and a Jamaican. Jack, it’s good to see you here, mate!

Ever since I can remember I have been FISHING. All that time ago, just the mention of the names like Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Glassell, John Morris, Joan Wulff, Stu Apte, Mark Sosin conjured images of pioneers in their respective fields, who I wanted to meet. Well…. I eventually did. One of the people then, who had the most dramatic impact on me was Pierre Clostermann. As a boy I had two favorite books to read, one was The Old Man and the Sea, and the other was the best unbiased narrative of the air war in the Battle of Britain from WWII, a book called “The Big Show”, by Pierre Clostermann. I would read these books every week. Then, as I grew older, I discovered that not only did Pierre Clostermann fish a great deal, but he was also an IGFA trustee. I finally met him at the first IGFA auction 25 years ago in Palm Beach, and we became great friends after that. Hemingway had been out of reach for a while, and so Pierre was my first living mentor.

There have been others along the way, people who I have met through the IGFA board or through my business and that I have admired and respected and who have made their own mark in this sport that embraces…. so many disciplines. There have been many innovators in our hundred year old sport, from boat designers, tackle inventors, authors, scientists, resource managers and administrators, all pioneers in their time, whose dedication and INDUSTRY have allowed us to arrive at this point.

I feel fortunate that I have had the SAME opportunity to be as creative as they were and transform a hobby into becoming an integral part of our sport fishing CULTURE and HERITAGE.

I am certainly not the first, there being several other successful marine sport fishing artists to have made their mark; Lynne Bogue Hunt, (already in the HoF), Stanley Meltzoff, Russ Smiley, Kent Ullberg, Al Barnes, and Don Ray to name the best. The CHALLENGE has been in creating the process whereby this art is made available to a wide cross section of society. I had a lot of help from a series of wonderful people in the last two decades, many of whom are here tonight, but I must thank the late Scott Boyd, Barbara Currie, Charlie Forman and Raleigh Werking who got the process going, and more recently Bill Shedd and his AFTCO team who have taken the business to new heights. In those early years I received considerable support and encouragement from the IGFA through the efforts of the late chairman Elwood Harry, and the immediate past President of IGFA, Mike Leech.

Of all the other artists in this genre, Kent Ullberg has been my reference and guiding force, a man whose illustrious fine art career is littered with awards. Kent has helped our tiny niche to make a very large impact in the world of WILD LIFE ART which has even raised a few eyebrows in the realm of FINE ART.

This profession has been and continues to be most gratifying. The process of creating new work, inspired by a myriad of encounters above and below the surface, is exciting enough. I have visited many exotic angling locations, but ONLY A FEW have tolerated my presence more than once…. particularly Tropic Star Lodge which is the greatest big game angling destination in the western hemisphere. Such is the inspiration derived from this unique place that I recently completed a 334 page book about the angling history and magnificent fishery this remote location has to offer. In these pages I was able to engage all my disciplines; art, photography, TV documentaries, science, conservation and story-telling….boy are there some stories! After all….It’s a book about… FISHING.

I have just released another book, called Fishes of the Open Ocean, authored by well known Australian fish biologist Dr. Julian Pepperell and with 170 images illustrated by me. It is the first reference book of its kind, which describes all the fish that inhabit the epi- pelagic zone of the open ocean at some point in their life history. Here Julian needed my services as a fish illustrator, and I was very glad to assist him with this book.

In the thirty years that I have been in the business of painting marine wildlife there have been many failures, but fortunately more successes. And with that success there comes… RESPONSIBILITY. During this same time we have witnessed the rapid decline of species that are the ICONS of our sport. Human population growth and the increasing demand for protein have brought many species to the brink of extinction. Nowadays, many of us sitting in this room, spend more time trying to save these creatures rather than actually fishing for them. For wild life artists generally, the task at hand is to reflect this concern in our work, and as more environmental issues come to the fore, so my art and that of other artists and their subject matter becomes more relevant in people’s personal experience and in what they see happening around them.

This concern has been the driving force in the formation of the GHRI ten years ago, and more recently the GHOF, my new organization mandated to raise funds necessary to carry out research work and to conduct education and outreach. The demise of all these species is CONSUMER driven, so now the emphasis is to educate consumers about ISSUES that face marine resources. To most people, any creature living beneath the surface is out of sight, therefore OUT OF MIND. In a restaurant or supermarket situation, the consumer gives little consideration to what species this is or from whence it came.

Research… followed by education… leads to conservation. My goal has been and continues to be… raise the funds for research, and use the art and TV to educate the consumer… for whom conservation will become second nature.

I have many people I want to thank, but firstly I want to thank the IGFA for giving me this recognition, which is in acknowledgement of a TEAM EFFORT. I am very fortunate in that I have a great TEAM at Guy Harvey Inc, (Steve, Harvey, Missy, Pat, Jay, Todd and Greg) and in Grand Cayman, James, Mariasol and Bruno all of whom have contributed a huge amount of effort and loyalty toward achieving our goal. In addition I want to thank our MAJOR partners; Bill Shedd and the AFTCO team, and Peter MacFarland with his team at the GHIG.

There are some other unique personalities I have met along this route, one of whom is Bill Boyce. Bill has been a great friend for many years and whose angling ability, photographic magic, friendship and zest for life have all resulted in some unique experiences in many far flung locations. Another such person is Tim Choate who has pioneered many of the great fishing destinations I have been fortunate enough to visit, such as in Guatemala, and the Galapagos. Tim’s latest project has been the coordination of the governments of Central America, through CABA, to recognize billfish as a recreational fishing resource. Keep up the good work my friend.

I want to acknowledge the continued assistance of my TV director and producer, Ken Kavanaugh at Bonnier Corporation, plus two tremendous camera guys, Rick Westphal, and Dee Gele, who foolishly followed me around several continents for five years getting into harm’s way. Diana Udel has also played a very important role in producing my first TV series, and in the landmark documentary we produced for PBS, “BILLFISH, NOMADS OF THE OCEANS.”

David Ritchie has made a big impact as editorial director at Bonnier Corporation and has edited two of my four books, the most recent one being “Panama Paradise; a tribute to Tropic Star Lodge”.

I want to thank all the great captains and mates who have shared their vast knowledge and experiences with me, and put me on some great fish both topside and… in underwater encounters. Among them are Bobby Dehart, the late Dan Timmons, Clay Hensley, the late Jim Davis, Laurie Wright, Trevor Cockle, Skip Smith, O.B. O’Bryan, Jimmy Grant, Travis Peterson, Barkey Garnsey, Peter Wright and Anthony Mendillo, plus some of the amazing captains in Guatemala and Costa Rica, but particularly those captains and mates at Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.

I want to acknowledge the significant role played by Dr. Mahmood Shivji at the GHRI and Dean Dick Dodge at NSU Oceanographic Centre. Many of you will have read about Mahmood’s research efforts mostly on sharks, sponsored by funds generated from my licensing programs.

Family; They are HERE! I have my Mum, two brothers Jonno and Piers, his wife Connie and daughter Mikayla. My beautiful wife Gillian is here plus my daughter Jessica, and my son Alexander. Luckily we have been able to wet a line or two together, and go for some exciting dives with them over the years. By the way, my Mum was the first lady angler in Jamaica, to catch two blue marlin in one day back in 1967.

Guy Giving his Mom a big hug after the induction.

Guy Giving his Mom a big hug after the induction.

Thank you for supporting the IGFA. Please have a great evening and I look forward to seeing many of you back here tomorrow night for the 2nd annual fundraiser and auction to support the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

The Guy Harvey exhibition at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame featuring Guys original pen and ink series of the "Old Man and the Sea".

The Guy Harvey exhibition at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame featuring Guy's original pen and ink series of the "Old Man and the Sea".