Feb 7, 2011

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We love it when customers send in their photos wearing Guy Harvey Sportswear. No models here.  Just real people wearing Guy Harvey clothing in the real world.  These two girls are wearing the BTH1211 Red and the BTH1239 Navy from Guy’s “Youth” collection of t-shirts.

Pssst. If you think these boys shirts are cool, Guy Harvey now has some really cute shirts for girls

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Feb 3, 2011

Tiger Beach Tagging

by Guy Harvey

I used a couple of spare days I had between Christmas and New Year to visit Tiger Beach on Little Bahama Bank and deploy some more SPOTs on tiger sharks. My team went on board the “Shear Water” with Jim Abernathy who has been diving this site for twelve years on a weekly basis. In addition to the tagging team of Dr. Mahmood Shivji (director of the GHRI) and Neil Burnie of the Bermuda Shark Project, we were accompanied by film maker George Schellenger who is in the process of finishing up an exciting and educational documentary featuring Jim, Wyland and myself interacting with the sharks at Tiger Beach.

Both Wyland and I got some great photos of the Tiger Shark on our trip together

Along for the expedition were my son Alexander, who has assisted me in the Bermuda Shark project, but had yet to dive with a tiger. GH staffer Jay Perez also had his first visit to Tiger Beach as did Ollie Dubock an, English PhD student working on sharks in the Cayman Islands.

There were several things to accomplish.  We were able to catch and tag four tiger sharks between 9 and 11 feet long, three females and one male. Most of the tiger sharks we tagged in the last two summers in Bermuda were males. The vast majority of the sharks Jim sees at Tiger Beach are females. We want to find out why there is such a huge difference in the distribution of the sexes. No one knows where tiger sharks breed.

We caught two sharks about 5 miles south of Tiger Beach, one of them at night. The other two were caught at the famous dive site. Jim had checked out these individuals first to make sure they were not one of his “players” or sharks that he sees on a regular basis, and to be sure we wanted to tag the “transient” animals. All sharks were caught on heavy rope and using cable leader and 20/0 circle hooks with the barb filed off. They were handlined into the swim platform and secured on top of the platform with most of their body in the water, breathing normally while Neil deployed the SPOTs in quick time. It took between 7 -10 minutes to tag these huge animals and set them free. Jim and his crew members Jamin, Matt and Brian, were awesome in assisting the catching process and were delighted to be doing something different with these animals. Thanks again team for taking some of your vacation time to assist us with the tagging effort. We were lucky with the weather, and had a successful expedition.

Film maker George Schellenger was busy shooting everything with help from Alex, Jay and me to fill out his own documentary but also shoot more footage for my comprehensive documentary on the natural history of tiger sharks. This is approaching completion and I am just waiting on another cycle of tracks to come in before I can wrap up the story.

George plans to use his documentary to educate the government and people of the Bahamas about the value of a living shark (shark interactive programmes bring over $50 million dollars per year to the country’s economy) and to encourage them not to allow commercial fishing for shark fins by local or foreign companies. Permitting this kind of extraction would annihilate the last strong hold for sharks in the north western Atlantic. This has been the case in so many other countries, but island nations now becoming involved in protection of sharks and promoting shark interactive programmes for tourism and research are having big success stories.

Fish responsibly, dive safely. Happy New Year.  

— Guy Harvey

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Jan 25, 2011

Marine Conservation Update

by Guy Harvey

There has been a lot of news in the realm of marine conservation over the past couple of weeks – some good, some bad, and some downright ugly!  Here are some of the more interesting: 

The Good: 

Longlining Outlawed in Panama – Terry Andrews of famed Tropic Star Lodge in Pinas Bay, Panama is reporting that Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has signed Executive Decree 486, which immediately prohibits all forms of commercial and industrial longlining in all of Panama’s jurisdictional waters!  Fishing boats of 6 tons are less will still be allowed to longline, but only with a strict license and only in designated areas.  For more information about Tropic Star Lodge and big game fishing in Panama, read Guy’s latest book, Panama Paradise: A Tribute to Tropic Star Lodge

Shark Conservation Act Signed into Law – this is great news that seems to have received very little coverage.  On January 4th, President Obama officially signed the SCA into law.  The law closes a loophole which allowed U.S. flagged vessels to buy shark fins on the open sea for the purpose of reselling them in U.S. markets for a rich profit (the act of shark finning has been outlawed in U.S. waters since 2000).  The SCA also allows for sanctions to be out on other nations whose own shark fishing regulations are not consistent with those of the U.S. 

The Bad: 

Guy's latest artwork on the Bluefin Tuna

Tuna Fetches Record Price – A 754-pound pacific bluefin tuna caught off the northern coast of Japan sold for a record price of almost $396,000 (U.S.) in a Tokyo seafood market in early January.  That works out to around $526 per pound!  This is very bad news for a species whose stocks are already severely depleted by commercial fishermen who are trying to meet the overwhelming demand worldwide for sushi.  With prices like this, will we see more fishing fleets going after pacific and atlantic bluefins?  Let’s hope not… 

The Ugly: 

Gordon Ramsay Attacked by Gang? – Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay claims to have been doused in gasoline and held at gunpoint during two different incidents in Costa Rica while trying to document Taiwanese gangs that engage in the illegal shark fin trade.  Ramsay said he witnessed thousands of fins drying out at gang hideouts, and later saw a bag of fins tied to the keel of one of the gang’s fishing boats. 

— Guy Harvey

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Dec 30, 2010

Guy Harvey on “The Wahoo”

by Guy Harvey

The Wahoo's color pattern is characterized by the vivid "tiger" stripes running down the body, particularly when excited

Wahoo are highly migratory ocean game fish and visit the islands and seamounts that make up the Cayman Islands in the winter months. Although they are available all year round, their peak of abundance is from October to December and February to April. The Cayman Islands record wahoo of 146 lbs. was caught in June 2007 off East End, Grand Cayman. The only bigger wahoo caught in the Caribbean have come from the Bahamas, while the current all-tackle world record of 182 lbs. was caught recently in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The wahoo is a cosmopolitan species found in all tropical and subtropical waters around the planet. Growing to 200 lbs. and over 6 feet long, the wahoo is built for speed; long and slim, a stiff upright tail and long pointed jaws equipped with sharp teeth.  They have color typical of ocean game fish, with blues, purples and bronze, but are characterized by vivid “tiger” stripes running down the body, particularly when excited.  They are one of the most beautiful of fish and are a favourite of mine to paint.

Wahoo will form aggregations as juveniles up to 15 lbs., but typically become solitary as adults.  Sometimes far offshore, I have come across a floating log, holding a school of young wahoo, and will chum them with cut bait, then dive in to watch the juveniles light up their vivid stripes as they feed.  As many prey species find sanctuary in the open ocean under flotsam, I portray scenes of wahoo or dolphin fish and marlin with floating objects in the background as it is a natural situation and educates the viewer about the natural history of the species.

Wahoo are speedy, fast growing and excellent table fare. Many anglers consider them the finest game fish available in offshore waters

Wahoo have never been targeted as a commercial fishery resource, because though they have widespread distribution, nowhere are they abundant like other small mackerel species or some tuna species.  They are a very fast growing species, up to 20 lbs. in the first year, and reproduce rapidly, like most oceanic fish species. Wahoo are currently fully exploited by recreational fisherman around the Caribbean and Central America.  Some countries have daily bag limits, and in others they are conserved for recreational use only.  I have released many wahoo under 10 lbs., and once I have caught a couple adults in a morning, I will then switch to another type of fishing.

In the Cayman Islands, anglers target the wahoo along the steep drop offs around the islands and on the 12-mile bank, 60-mile bank and Pickle bank. Individual crews have their preferred rigs, but trolling ballyhoo bait with a skirt on a wire line is a popular rig.  Wahoo will bite any artificial lure that is moving fast, so many crews here troll at 11 to 14 knots and make use of the wahoo’s predatory nature and tremendous speed to generate the action.  One word of caution; a wahoo’s teeth are so sharp, they can cause bad injuries even when dead.  I have a terrible scar on my left foot caused when a dead wahoo’s open mouth came in contact with my bare foot in a rolling sea. Since then I have always worn boating shoes out on the water.

There are many good island recipes for wahoo, but this is a fish that I like to eat fresh, which is why one will do me for a while. The flesh is white and dense, and can become dry if overcooked, so I like to include a good buttery sauce when steaming or grilling fresh wahoo steaks.

Fish and dive responsibly, good luck, and tight lines.

Guy Harvey

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Dec 22, 2010

The Life of Guy Harvey

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Guy Harvey Video Bio from Guy Harvey Sportswear on Vimeo.

Dec 17, 2010

Guy Harvey Marlin a Month | December

by Guy Harvey

It was a frisky blue marlin like this one, creating a commotion alongside the boat, that completed Guy Harvey's quest to catch a blue marlin from Cayman Island waters during each month of the year

As December approached, I marveled at how fast 2008 had passed.  Though it was a year ago, it seemed like only yesterday that I had fancied my “pipe dream” of catching a blue marlin each month of the year from the waters around Grand Cayman Island.  Not that such an accomplishment wasn’t there to be done, because I was truly convinced that blue marlin could be caught year-round from my home waters.  It was just that for me to achieve such a feat, I would be bucking sizable odds, knowing that most of my fishing would be from my outboard-powered boat, and primarily confined to weekends only.  Right away, the new year began with such a busy schedule of various commitments that I barely made it out on the water at all in January, and when I finally did, I was fishing alone on my then 26-footer Makaira. It was really only after I had caught my first “solo” blue marlin on that late January day that I concluded all things were possible — and so began my quest in earnest to catch one of these magnificent fish during each and every month of 2008. Now, here it was, almost a year later, and I needed to catch just one more blue marlin to complete my lofty goal.

December arrived, and with it our typical western Caribbean winter weather of cold fronts and rough seas.  The day before a cold front moves in marks your best shot of getting out on the water to catch fish, so you must drop everything else you’re doing if you are to take advantage of the weather window.  That’s what my guest Dr. Colin Wakelin and I did on an early December day as we took my 28-foot Scout Makaira II out to do some trolling just outside Rum Point.  We didn’t have to wait long, as we got our first bite while I was putting out the third lure in my five-lure spread.  The hungry marlin actually snatched the line right from my fingers!  Wakelin is from New Zealand, but had been working on Grand Cayman for four years.  We had fished together before, and he’d hooked blues but had never converted.  On this day, however, he finally scored.

Wakelin brought the very active fish to the boat rather quickly, where it gave me a good blow to the right wrist (my painting hand) while I was leadering it — reminding me not to be in too big of a hurry to remove the hook from a green fish.  But the sting was short-lived because of the exhilaration that came over the two of us.  Wakelin had finally caught his first blue marlin, and his fish, the 17th blue that had been caught aboard my boat during the calendar year, completed my quest to catch a blue marlin during each month of the year.  In all, with an assist from family and friends who accompanied me, I managed a remarkable 24 hookups from a total of 26 bites.  Not bad for a weekend fisherman trolling from an outboard-powered boat.

Guy sets his trolling lines for a new year of fishing adventures

Of course, the personal challenge of my quest is what drove me, spurred on by each successive month of catching a fish. However, I was also pleased with having demonstrated that the Cayman Islands are host to a year-round blue marlin fishery, a fact that I hope will ultimately help in promoting increased interest in our local sport fishing.  What I hadn’t counted on was the number of incredible memories and milestones that would be associated with my pursuit. During 2008, I was able to, on more than a couple of occasions, assist friends in catching their first blue marlin; was witness to some memorable, if not amazing billfish battles while fishing from my own boat;  and shared some very special days on the water with my wife, Gillian, and our two teenagers, Jessica and Alex. I’ll never forget the rare juvenile blue marlin that Jessica caught during September.  Only days later, Alex was aboard and assisting me in catching the largest blue marlin I’ve ever fought from my boat.  Of course, the year began with my first “solo” catch of a blue marlin, and during April, I was part of a fishing team that accomplished a first — catching a blue marlin from a sailboat during a Cayman Islands tournament.  And most memorable of all was the amazing October day I spent fishing with young Evan Taylor and helping his “Make-A-Wish” come true.  It was a remarkable run in 2008, and I hope you derived as much pleasure in reading my monthly accounts as I did in reliving them.

To all of my friends, good health and good fishing in 2011.

— Guy Harvey

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Dec 10, 2010

Cayman New Buoys Win Tropic Star Tournament

by Guy Harvey

The 10th annual Torneo Tropic Star got off to a good start. Thirty-one boats registered, 12 from the world famous Tropic Star Lodge fleet, and another private 19 boats from Panama City, ran 150 miles to Pinas Bay, on the southeast corner of the Darien Province, Panama. Visiting teams of three anglers charter the TSL boats, and rotate to a different boat each day. Three teams from the Cayman Islands, four from Canada, two from Jamaica and four from the USA take all the TSL boats.

A lit up Black Marlin explodes from the water off Panama's Tropic Star Lodge

Cayman Islands teams were; Cayman Hard Buoys with Troy Burke, Tony Berkman and Andrew McCartney; Cayman New Buoys with Alistair Walters, Sebastien Guilbard and Marcus Montana.  The third team was Los Bamofos with Andi Marcher, Guy Harvey and Neil Burnie.

A practice day of fishing before the tournament begins gets everyone familiarized with the fishing techniques, crews, and tackle.  A few minutes after the start of fishing Alistair Walters hooked, fought and released a 300lb black marlin at the famous Pinas Reef.  Other teams went offshore while some stayed inside to fish for roosterfish, jacks and cubera snappers.

On Day 1, the Cayman Hard Buoys got off to a flying start with two blue marlin catches by Tony and Troy — a black marlin for Tony and a sailfish for Andrew — resulting in a PACIFIC GRAND SLAM; three different species of billfish in a single day.

Unfortunately, the first blue caught by Tony passed the 90 minute maximum fighting time as was DQed, but they jumped into the lead with two marlin and a sailfish anyway.  Cayman New Buoys also did well holding second place with Marcus releasing a 300lb blue and Sebastien a 450lb blue on their first day.  Los Bamofos scored a single sailfish, released by angler Andi Marcher.

Day 2 was a slow day for the Cayman teams except for Los Bamofos, when honorary Cayman angler Neil Burnie, from Bermuda, caught a fine 475lb blue marlin.  The other two Cayman teams did not add to their score.  Meanwhile, one of the Canadian teams pulled ahead with a total of three marlin releases, plus a magnificent 267lb yellowfin tuna.  In addition, the Jamaican anglers were closing in with 14 year old Nicholas Chen bagging two blues and a sailfish.

Day 3 got off to a slow start but once the captains located the schools of bonitos, live bait was now available.  Earlier in the day we had caught some 25lb yellowfin tunas and began pulling them live, hoping for a big black or blue marlin to take them.  Live baiting is the preferred method of fishing for black and for blue marlin on the Pacific coast of Panama.  The private boats from Panama City switched over to live bait fishing from pulling artificial lures once they saw how effective this method was at getting the bite.

A Black Marlin shakes loose the bridled bonito, but the circle hook stays in

The first blue marlin, caught by Los Bamofos, spent four excruciating minutes in the spread checking out all three baits, zipping back and forth and driving the crew crazy before it settled on the short bait.  Angler Andi Marcher took 40 minutes to subdue this active 500lb blue marlin, and Los Bamofos was now catching up with a tally of two blue marlin and a sailfish.

Cayman New Buoys also scored early in the day with a 300lb black marlin by Marcus.  Meanwhile, Cayman Hard Buoys lost a marlin, then had a double marlin bite hooking a 350lb black marlin which was caught by Tony Berkman, keeping them in third place. Right then, Los Bamofos lost two consecutive bites which would have put them in the running.

With fishing closing at 3p.m., Cayman New Buoys hooked and released their fourth marlin, a 450lb blue by Sebastien and now took over the lead from the Canadian team.  An hour from the end of fishing, Los Bamofos scored with a magnificent blue marlin, to put them into fourth place.

After three days of competition, Cayman New Buoys ran off with Team Most Points (1200), after their first visit to Tropic Star.  Canada came second (1000) on Time.  Cayman Hard Buoys placed third (1000) on Time, having finished fourth last year.  Team Los Bamofos placed fourth (1000) on Time. In total, the three Cayman teams contributed eleven marlin and two sailfish to the tournament total catch of 35 marlin and 9 sailfish.

Congratulations to the Cayman New Buoys!  This event is a qualifying event for the Bonnier-IGFA World Tournament of Champions held in May 2011 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  This angling event is sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Angling Club and the Cayman Islands International Fishing tournament held in April each year is also a qualifying event.  The winners go through to participate in this prestigious big game angling event. Good luck!

Guy Harvey

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Dec 2, 2010

Guy Harvey on “The Snook”

by Guy Harvey

This feisty snook was pulled from its mangrove creek habitat. Snook inhabit many freshwater creeks and lagoons on both coasts of the Florida peninsula. Photo Credit: Richard Gibson

One of my most memorable diving expeditions was not in the ocean but in the famous Homosassa River on the west coast of Florida diving amongst manatees.   In the cool fresh water of the river were a host of marine species, such as mullet, gray snapper, jack crevalle, redfish, sheepshead, tarpon and some of the biggest snook I had ever seen.

Typically, snook hang out on the edge of mangroves and in river mouths where the water is usually murky, the fish are shy and, as a diver, you seldom get a good shot of snook in its natural surroundings.

Many were over forty pounds, and would turn to face me before spinning around and seeking refuge deeper in the basin.  They have a unique look, a signature appearance, with a longer lower jaw than upper jaw, a distinctive black line on their lateral line and bright yellow fins and tail.  I was in snook heaven.

What was so interesting about this location in the Homosassa was the number of species that were tolerant of the lowered salinity and were thriving. While there was apparently little food for these predators, I came to the conclusion they were shedding all their marine parasites in the fresh water, before returning to the estuary or the ocean.

In Florida, the snook is a prized game fish with an awesome reputation for giving a good fight and are great table fare.  They are caught using a variety of live baits, lures and plugs, and the best time to fish for them is an hour before high tide and three hours of the falling tide.  They tend to congregate near shorelines with some structure such as piers, docks, pilings, rock formations and reefs. In Florida, they accumulate near the warm water outflows of power plants, particularly in winter.

The snook's signature appearance with the undershot-jaw, distinct black lateral line and bright yellow fins is captured on my "Two Snook" artwork for the MTH1237 t-shirt

No other inshore species has devout a following as the snook.  Their numbers and accessibility have made them very popular wherever they are found. There are several species, the largest being the common snook. They range as far north as the Carolinas, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean and as far south as Brazil.  In the eastern Pacific, several species are found along the coast from Mexico to Ecuador.

Because of their popularity in the USA, there are size limits, this being more than 28inches but less than 32 inches long (so the juvenile fish and the larger brood stock are protected at all times). There are seasonal limitations and catch limitations, plus this species cannot be sold

The common snook feeds primarily on fishes and some crustaceans. Their spawning season extends from June to November, after first maturity at three years old. They may live up to seven years and to a size of forty five pounds, though bigger individuals are reported from the Pacific. They have many predators, such as barracudas, large jacks, goliath groupers and a variety of inshore sharks such as lemons, bull sharks and black tip sharks.

When next you are in snook country, wet a line and have a tremendous angling experience while observing all local laws and catch regulations.  It is our collective responsibility to conserve the marine environment and maintain the biodiversity of the planet.

Safe diving and tight lines.

Guy Harvey

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Nov 18, 2010

Guy Harvey’s Marlin a Month | November

by Guy Harvey

A handsome blue marlin takes to the air

As November arrived, I could begin to see that my goal of catching a blue marlin from Cayman Island waters during each month of the year was well within my grasp.  What I didn’t see, though, was sneaky Hurricane “Paloma.”  That was partly because hurricane season in the western Caribbean is generally all but over by November.  Additionally, significant storms don’t commonly steer toward the Caymans from the southwest — all of which is why no one was paying a lot of attention to a tropical depression off the east coast of Nicaragua at that time of year.  But on November 6, that depression evolved into Tropical Storm Paloma and quickly gathered strength, becoming a small but powerful hurricane as it buzz-sawed its way northeast and straight for the Caymans.  On November 7, Hurricane Paloma “scraped” by Grand Cayman and then spun east as a category 4 storm for a direct hit on Little Cayman and Cayman Brac early on November 8.  Sustained winds of 150 mph, nearly 18 inches of rain, and an 8-foot tidal surge caused an estimated $15 million in damage, mostly to the two smaller islands.  However, that paled in comparison to the $300 million in damage the storm accounted for when it eventually made landfall in Cuba.  As it turned out, Paloma became the second most powerful November hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin.

Needless to say, that was an eventful way to begin the month, but with all of the excitement and cleanup associated with the storm, it was the middle of November before I was able to spend a full day trolling for blue marlin at my destination of choice —  Twelve Mile Bank.  Fishing from my 28-foot Scout Makaira II with Matthew Kinsella, we scored an explosive strike on the left short rigger, followed by Kinsella’s battle with his first blue marlin, a handsome 150-pounder, which we released at boatside.  Watching Matthew bring his fish to the boat caused me to flash back on my first ever blue marlin catch, a fish that was about the same size as the one I leadered for Kinsella.

Guy Harvey's "Triumph" is his latest t-shirt design portraying Hemmingway's classic "The Old Man and the Sea"

My fascination with blue marlin began at an early age while fishing with my parents around our home island of Jamaica. I remember what some might call a life-altering event at the age of nine while I stood in a boat cockpit next to the blue marlin that my mother had just caught.  The great fish was aglow with its vivid blue stripes, and I found myself eagerly drawn to studying every detail of that marlin.  I had already read Hemmingway’s The Old Man And The Sea many times, and here in front of me was the fish I held in highest esteem.  From that point on, I set my sights on catching a blue marlin of my own:  I worshipped this magnificent creature!  But that was not to happen for another nine years, as my education became the top priority.

While attending boarding school in England, I fed my craving for fishing with prolific paintings of the fish of my dreams.  I was fortunate that the school had a wonderful art teacher, Gillian Cresswell, who encouraged my preoccupation with Caribbean marine life.  I struggled early on with my classes, and when I got aggravated, I retreated into my fish art.  In 1973, I was sent to a school in Edinburgh, Scotland, to improve my grades.  While making progress in my studies there, it was during those long, cold, lonely evenings that I also made steady progress on my series of drawings depicting The Old Man And The Sea — the same drawings that eventually helped launch my career as an artist.  That year was also when I caught my first blue marlin.

While back in Jamaica between school terms, I was invited by my father to compete in the Montego Bay and Port Antonio fishing tournaments, both of which our boat won.  It was on the fourth day of the Port Antonio competition when I finally hooked up, and after fighting the fish from a stand-still in a dead boat for 40 minutes, I landed my first blue marlin, a fish weighing 145 pounds.  On the final day of competition, I caught a small 77-pound blue — which was enough for our boat to place first in the tournament — and then while trolling home the next day, I caught another fish.  After several years of trying without success, I had caught three blue marlin in three days.  I was thrilled, and remain thrilled to this day with each blue marlin I catch, admire, and return to the sea.

— Guy Harvey

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

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Nov 9, 2010

Combining Business with Sportfishing Community & Marine Resource Support — Part II

by Bill Shedd

This New Guy Harvey Florida license plate will help fund The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

On Wednesday morning I attended several presentations at the ASA meeting including one by Nick Wiley the executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  That afternoon I drove up to Nova Southeastern University, home of the Guy Harvey Research Institute, to attend the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) board meeting.  A major part of that meeting was to review the various Gulf of Mexico research proposals.  Guy Harvey teamed up with AFTCO and our partners to raise $500,000 from the sale of two unique Guy Harvey T-shirt designs.  The charge of the GHOF board is to insure that this money is spent in a way that will provide the most benefit to marine life in the Gulf.  On Wednesday night I attended the annual GHOF fund raising dinner, where among other things the new Guy Harvey car license plate was announced.  Our plan is that sales of this new plate will generate some $1 million to support the work of GHOF.

On Thursday morning after giving my government affairs report to the ASA board of directors, I drove up the coast, visiting a few AFTCO & Guy Harvey customers along the way.  I attended the opening of the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute (HSWRI) east coast research station in Melbourne Beach, which now provides an east coast facility to add to the longtime HSWRI marine research center in San Diego, CA.  At Melbourne Beach we will be developing a hatchery operation for red fish, snook, seatrout and red snapper along with providing a base for marine stranding operations, turtle research along with various other Indian River Lagoon and east cost ocean issues.  SeaWorld, as it has from its very beginning, continues to quietly, unselfishly and without fanfare or control, support the good work of the HSWRI.

Bill Shedd, Don Kent and Milt Shedd at California hatchery in 1999. HSWRI plans a similar project for Melbourne Beach, Florida

On Friday after breakfast with Don Kent president of HSWRI, I attended the HSWRI board meeting with Florida board members at SeaWorld in Orlando with a video conference connection to fellow board members in San Diego.  As Chairman of the Board of HSWRI, I usually run the board meetings from San Diego, so it was interesting to be at the other end of the line.  For 47 years the HSWRI has been doing important work to benefit the ocean realm.  That is just the way Dad intended it to be.

Friday evening I drove back down from Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale to attend the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show on Saturday.  The Guy Harvey team had set up a booth with a beautiful display of all Guy Harvey products including the Guy Harvey shirts and other Guy Harvey clothing we produce.   Much can be learned spending a day in the jammed packed Guy Harvey show booth talking to reps, customers and consumers about the Guy Harvey sportswear brand.  Taking care of some business at the show was a great way to end the week.

Bill

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