Be sure and tune in to an encore of the popular Guy Harvey’s Portraits From the Deep television series on Sun Sports Network, available on cable throughout most of Florida and nationally on select satellite companies. Each episode is 30 minutes.
Wed, Feb 9 – 6:30am EST – Episode 6 Atlantic Sailfish
Fri, Feb 11- 9:00am EST – Episode 7 Eastern Pacific Black Marlin
Mon, Feb 14 – 8:00pm EST – Episode 7 Eastern Pacific Black Marlin
Wed, Feb 16 – 6:30am EST – Episode 7 Eastern Pacific Black Marlin
Fri, Feb 18 – 9:00am EST – Episode 8 Yellowfin Tuna
Sun, Feb 20 – 7:00pm EST – Episode 8 Yellowfin Tuna
Wed, Feb 23 – 6:30am EST – Episode 8 Yellowfin Tuna
Fri, Feb 25 – 9:00am EST – Episode 9 Pacific Sailfish of Panama
Sun, Feb 27 – 7:00pm EST – Episode 9 Pacific Sailfish of Panama
Wed, Mar 2 – 10:00am EST – Episode 9 Pacific Sailfish of Panama
Fri, Mar 4 – 9:00am EST – Episode 10 Western Pacific Black Marlin
Sun, Mar 6 – 11:00pm EST – Episode 10 Western Pacific Black Marlin
Wed, Mar 9 – 6:30am EST – Episode 10 Western Pacific Black Marlin
Fri, Mar 11 – 9:00am EST – Episode 11 Striped Marlin
Sun, Mar 13 – 7:00pm EST – Episode 11 Striped Marlin
Wed, Mar 16 – 6:30am EST – Episode 11 Striped Marlin
Fri, Mar 18 – 9:00am EST – Episode 12 Billfish Feeding Behavior
Sun, Mar 20 – 7:00pm EST – Episode 12 Billfish Feeding Behavior
Wed, Mar 23 – 6:30am EST – Episode 12 Billfish Feeding Behavior
Fri, Mar 25 – 9:00am EST – Episode 13 Season’s Best
Wed, Mar 30 – 6:30am EST – Episode 13 Season’s Best
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (CNN) — Whether he’s out on the ocean monitoring stingrays in the Caribbean, or back on land painting in his studio, Guy Harvey spends all his time surrounded by fish.
Raised in Jamaica and educated in Scotland, Harvey is one of the world’s leading conservationists with a first class degree in marine biology and a PhD in fisheries management.
His love of the sea and ecology inspired Harvey to found the Guy Harvey Research Institute in 1999 which provides scientific information about fish protection and biodiversity.
But this is only half of Harvey’s remarkable story. He is a highly successful businessman with a chain of seafood restaurants and a self-taught artist whose depictions of game fish have become world famous.
“I didn’t go to art class or art school, never took a lesson in my life. I learned everything from trial and error and it’s this persistence, I suppose, with the illustrative content which got me to where I am,” Harvey told CNN.
Ernest Hemmingway’s novella, “The Old Man and the Sea” inspired Harvey’s obsession with game fish and moved him to depict the famous fishing story in a series of pen and ink drawings a quarter of a century ago.
He paints every day and 10 percent of the proceeds of all the paintings he sells goes straight back into his eco-organizations.
Harvey also created a TV series, “Portraits of the Deep,” to showcase game fish and their importance to the environment.
“To see them underwater in their glowing, feeding and moving colors, their aggression colors are probably one of the most exciting things you can do as a diver,” Harvey said.
These videos play constantly in his stores and his restaurants where Harvey’s art is also on the walls, and only sustainable fish species are on the menu.
Harvey’s marine expertise has also helped to pioneer techniques of recording billfish underwater and a tagging system to monitor them over long distances.
More recently, he’s taken on the plight of sharks. Hunted for their fins, the loss of these predators could affect the oceans’ fragile balance.
Harvey’s recent Ultimate Shark Challenge was a catch-and-release fishing tournament held off the Southwest Florida coast. Endangered sharks were tagged for study and not a single one was strung up in the dock.
Sharks are also in danger in the Gulf of Mexico because of the BP oil leak. Harvey fears other fish are at risk too. He’s planning a new line of t-shirts to raise funds for research.
“We have no idea when this is going to stop or how far it’s going to reach and what the life span of this disaster is going to be,” Harvey said.
From the study of stingrays, to the most pressing conservation issues in global fisheries, the diver, artist, scientist, and businessman is always promoting the preservation of marine ecology.
“Fish are just stinking fish to most people. They have their filet that comes on the plate or you buy it in the fish mongers and it comes in a cellophane bag and it’s dead and cold and smelly. These are beautiful graceful ocean predators that need our respect.
“I want to leave people feeling that, you know, we really need to think more about how we use the ocean and everything that’s in it and if I’ve achieved that, then that will do it for me.”
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
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.
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 www.GuyHarveySportswear.com 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
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
“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.
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 Guy's original pen and ink series of the "Old Man and the Sea".
Welcome to my sportswear blog. Here I will report to you on my expeditions, adventures and various marine conservations efforts. This space will also include guest bloggers, ranging from marine scientists who share my passion for a better understanding of the marine world, to Bill Shedd of AFTCO, my clothing partner who will keep you up to date on the latest with the Guy Harvey sportswear line and more. Additional guest bloggers will provide you with important and up to date information on the world of fishing, diving and general ocean happenings. Hopefully this information will be interesting enough to you that you will want to take the time to comment back on this blog. I encourage you to do so.
While my paintings are the primary vehicle I use to bring you the ocean world, I also enjoy recording marine life with still and video cameras, both above the water and far underneath it. You can view much of that work on my TV series “Portraits from the Deep.” I also plan to share with you some of my still and video photography. Additionally, on this site we plan to present video clips and photos from a wide range of sources within the marine community. The ocean is an exciting world, and we will bring various parts of that world to you here.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to do some exciting research while diving with tiger sharks, and I plan to do a blog on that expedition in the near future. In the meantime, if you are attending the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show from October 29, 2009 to November 2, 2009, stop by my Guy Harvey booth to say hello. We will have on display not only a large selection of my original art work, and a wide assortment from my sportswear line, but also a number of additional new and exciting licensed products. I look forward to seeing you there.
I would like to welcome you to the Guy Harvey Sportswear web site. Here we will feature my blog where I will report on expeditions, adventures, and various marine conservation efforts. We will also include various guest bloggers, videos and photos that I believe you will find interesting, whether you are a serious fishing or diving enthusiast, or simply someone who cares about the marine resource, loves living the coastal lifestyle, or just wants to learn more about Guy Harvey sportswear.