Free Lionfish Workshop at Divers Direct July 8th, Fort Lauderdale

June 30, 2015 at 10:08 pm | Posted in Conservation, Diving | Leave a comment
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Free Lionfish Workshop

Thursday, July 8, 2015 6:30PM

Our Friends at Divers Direct are hosting a workshop on hunting Lionfish.  Please enlist in the army of divers and diners to help combat this invasive challenge.  If you love the ocean we need your help.
Participants will get an informative briefing on methods of hunting and safe handling while our GearUp Experts share proper gear for safe collecting and handling.

Seating for this popular event is limited,  so call 954-925-7630 to RSVP or stop by Divers Direct Ft. Lauderdale today!

Go here for all the information!

Divers Direct

180 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
954-925-7630

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Lassoing Tigers by the Tail

June 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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It looked more like the marine version of a rodeo than a scientific expedition in the clear, shallow waters of Tiger Beach off West End, Grand Bahama Island in the spring of 2009.  Dr. Guy Harvey– renowned marine artist, scientist, conservationist and cinematographer–and a handful of colleagues were trying to capture a 9 1/2 -foot tiger shark– one of several for which the shoal was named– so they could implant it with an acoustic transmitter tag.  The tag emits a signature beep that is picked up by an underwater receiver installed in the area. Whenever a tagged shark passes within 300-500 meters of the receiver, it stores the signal to be downloaded onto a computer.  So far, the shark had successfully eluded the scientists, but they weren’t giving up.

Not nearly as high-tech as today’s satellite tracking tags, which can follow a shark’s moment-by-moment travel for up to several years, acoustic tags are nonetheless useful, showing when and how often an animal uses a specific area.  They are also a lot cheaper than the $3,500 satellite tag.

“We should tag every one of these animals to see where they go,” Harvey said.  “The ultimate would be to have the species protected or–if not– this area of the Bahama Bank could be designated no shark fishing.  This is the beginning of what will hopefully be a 20-year study where we involve the Bahamian government, researchers from various institutions, dive operators.”

Eventually, Harvey– along with Dr. Mahmood Shivji, professor and director of Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute and their fellow researchers–managed to lasso their target underwater, bring it to the dive platform of their boat and implant the tag in its belly.  It swam away smartly.

Fast-forward six years to 2015 and you’ll find that Harvey’s tiger shark research and conservation efforts have reaped a handsome return.  Expanding well beyond the Bahamas, recent long-term satellite tagging data reported in the June 9 issue of the journal Scientific Reports details previously unknown migration patterns covering thousands of miles between completely different ecosystems.

The study– led by Nova Southeastern University scientists James Lea, Brad Wetherbee and Shivji and co-authored by Harvey– found that tigers tagged in Bermuda travelled more than 7,500 kilometers round-trip between the open waters of the mid-North Atlantic and the coral reefs of the Bahamas and Caribbean each year.  Like snowbirds, the male sharks spent winters in warm waters, headed as far north as Connecticut in summer, then returned to the same favorite winter hang-outs in the tropics.

One shark named Harry Lindo covered the longest tracked distance–27,000 miles– ever documented for a tiger.

For Harvey, Shivji and the other scientists, the findings have profound implications for tiger shark conservation.  The animals, listed as near-threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, are protected from harvest in Bahamian and Florida waters.  But as a target in the lucrative shark fin soup trade, they don’t enjoy the same safe haven in other waters where they travel.

Said Harvey:  “Understanding how these animals use the oceans is the first step toward effective conservation.  Protecting migratory species is a great challenge because they can be found in such a wide area.  Protecting  the areas where animals such as tiger sharks spend the most time is a tractable goal once those areas have been identified.”

To track the movement of the tiger sharks tagged by the Guy Harvey Research Institute, visit the GHRI shark tracking web site.

Take 10 Lionfish, Get an Extra Lobster During Sport Season

June 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Abaco, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Magazine, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd. | Leave a comment
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Lionfish-Being-Netted_359x479At its June meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a new and exciting opportunity that will encourage divers to remove invasive lionfish by allowing them to take one extra spiny lobster each day during the two-day sport season this summer (July 29-30) that they also harvest 10 lionfish.

In addition, people can take a photo of their lionfish and lobster catch during the two-day season and post it on Facebook.com/LionfishReefRangers to get a “Be the Predator” T-shirt. One lucky photo entrant will also win a lifetime saltwater fishing license via a drawing held shortly after the sport season.

“The FWC operates in a culture of innovation. Opportunities like this are a great way to get divers who are already in the water accustomed to removing lionfish,” said Commissioner Brian Yablonski. “Our hope is that once lobster divers realize how easy it is to remove lionfish, they will continue to do so throughout the regular lobster season and beyond.”

Lionfish are invasive species that have a potential negative impact on Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. With no predators or other mechanisms such as disease or parasites keeping the lionfish population under control in Florida at this time, harvest by divers is the primary means of lionfish removal.

For the 2015 spiny lobster sport season only, divers will be allowed a single spiny lobster over the bag limit per dayfor each day that they also harvest 10 or more lionfish. Lionfish must be kept as proof of harvest while on the water. When off the water, a photo of harvesters with their 10 lionfish must be kept to document eligibility for harvesting an extra lobster. Lionfish must be harvested the same day and prior to taking the additional lobster. All other rules, including no spearfishing zones, apply.

The two-day spiny lobster recreational sport season (also known as mini-season) falls on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July each year before the Aug. 6 opening of the regular season. During this two-day season, the regular bag limit is six spiny lobster in state and federal waters of Biscayne National Park waters and off Monroe County, and 12 spiny lobster elsewhere. There is no bag limit for lionfish; harvesters can take as many as they want.

If the program is successful at encouraging lionfish removal, it could be continued in future years.

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings” then the “Agenda.” For information about recreational spiny lobster, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational” and “Lobster.”

Help the FWC by reporting all lionfish catches and sightings via the Report Florida Lionfish app or at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

This article appears courtesy of Guy Harvey Magazine

Where Has Amanda the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Gone Since Juno Beach Release 2 Weeks Ago?

June 25, 2015 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Amanda’s zig-zag route might look like she’s one confused sea turtle, but experts say the 300-pound loggerhead knows what she’s doing. “Her path is what we expected. She’s making a loop to get her bearings,” said Charlie Manire, director of research and rehabilitation at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Since being released into the Atlantic Ocean from the LMC in Juno Beach on June 11, Amanda as of Tuesday has criss-crossed her way a little bit north and a lot south. That’s close to 180 miles, or about 14 miles a day.

She was last detected swimming a few miles off Delray Beach, according to seaturtle.org.

Amanda swam north about 5 miles, and then headed about 10 miles out to sea.

She then headed south and swam around between Juno Beach and West Palm Beach, less than 10 miles offshore.

For the past few days, Amanda has been meandering south, Mani-re said.

“She’s probably following a food source. She’s going where the crab, lobster, conch and shrimp are,” he said.

Amanda will teach researchers a little more about where sea turtles travel, how deep they dive, water temperatures and how fast they swim, thanks to a cell-phone-sized tracking device attached to her reddish-brown shell.

The gadget is designed to fall off after a couple of years, Manire said.

Researchers check her whereabouts daily and post Amanda’s location on marinelife.org.

While the location function of the device is working, the satellite programming to transmit depth and water temperature is not activated yet. It should kick in within about a month.

Amanda arrived at LMC on Dec.

28. Divers rescued her about a mile offshore from the Lake Worth Inlet. The turtle suffered from trauma to both of her front flippers, Manire said.

LMC is a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates and researches sea turtles. About 50 injured sea turtles are released into the Atlantic Ocean annually, as well as about 2,000 hatchlings.

The organization also counts sea turtle nests on the 10-mile stretch of beach from Juno Beach to the Martin County line.

About 225,000 visitors come to the center on U.S. 1 annually, according to LMC.

This article appears courtesy of Bill Dipaolo and the Palm Beach Post

Sanctuary Classic Fishing and Photo Contest Launches June 28 at Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada

June 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

contest2A free fishing and photo contest celebrating recreational fishing in America’s national marine sanctuaries and promoting conservation-focused fishing practices is to kick off in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Sunday, June 28, and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

The fourth annual Sanctuary Classic is to launch at Islamorada’s The Islander, a Guy Harvey Outpost, beginning at 2 p.m. at the resort’s fishing pier.

The family fun event is an cooperative project between The Sportfishing Conservancy, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to create awareness of ethical angling practices and illustrate the benefits of ‘light-touch’ recreational fishing.

Participating anglers can submit qualifying fishing photos to the Sanctuary Classic website at http://www.sanctuaryclassic.org.

One winner is to be selected weekly that best exemplifies themes such as biggest and smallest looking fish, best conservation message, most unique looking fish, most family-oriented photo, best display of responsible fishing values and more. Prizes are awarded for each winner.

Marine artist Guy Harvey is one of the judges. At the contest’s conclusion, one winning entrant’s photo from each Sanctuary is to receive a $1,000 youth scholarship from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

Established in 1990, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is set to mark its 25th anniversary Nov. 16.

For more information: www.sanctuaryclassic.org

High Tea with Bimini’s Hammerhead Sharks

May 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Bimini, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Hammerheads | Leave a comment
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It looks pretty ferocious swimming straight at me – 13 feet of smooth cartilage and muscle topped by rows of jagged teeth and a wide mantle with unblinking black eyes on either end.  But this great hammerhead shark could not care less about me or any of the other guest scuba divers kneeling in the sand a short distance from Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center in the Bahamas.

Instead, the animal’s gaze is trained on Grant Johnson and his aluminum box full of fish scraps.

It glides unhurriedly up to Johnson, who pushes a piece of fish toward it with a PVC staff.  The shark gulps the morsel and moves on, giving the next hammerhead a turn at the feed trough.  It goes on like that 25 feet deep on the sand for nearly two hours, as three more hammerheads–all bearing streamer tags in their dorsal fins–join the rotation.

The apprehension I felt early on soon gives way to awe and enchantment at having a front row seat as one of the ocean’s fiercest predators enjoys an afternoon snack.

It occurs to me that if more people could observe this underwater version of 4 p.m. high tea, then perhaps sharks wouldn’t suffer from such a widespread public relations problem. Johnson, who used to work at the Bimini Biological Research Station (known locally as the ‘shark lab’), serves as the animals’ local spokesman– educating guests on their importance to the marine ecosystem and trying to take the fear factor out of interacting with them.

Hammerheads are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as globally endangered.  When their numbers plummet, the marine environment suffers.  As apex predators, they cull the weak and sick from the world’s oceans and ensure fish stocks remain healthy and balanced.

Although hammerheads are protected in Florida, the Bahamas and some other areas, they travel great distances to other waters, as shown by data from satellite and streamer tags implanted by scientists.  In many of these areas, they are subject to being killed indiscriminately.

An up-close encounter with these magnificent animals can change hearts and minds, inspiring the formerly uninitiated to want to conserve them.  And that’s what Johnson and his colleagues are doing every day out on the waters surrounding Bimini.

GREEN Turtle Bahamas Billfish Championship Is RED HOT with WHITE Marlin!

May 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Big Game Fishing, Fishing Tournaments | Leave a comment
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The Green Turtle Club  Co-Hosted the action packed second leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship.

BBC Day One:  White marlin dominated day one action.  Something Fishy got off to a hot start with a double header of whites.  Island Time got on the board with a sailfish. Game Changer, Marlin Raptor & Whisky Won all got in on the morning bite with white marlin.  Wave Paver & Anticipation jumped to the top with afternoon blue marlin.

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BBC Day Two:  The white marlin bite remained hot with the blues showing up in the afternoon.  Sandrita  jumped to the lead today on the strength of on blue marlin and three  white marlin today.  Torta started their day with a sailfish added a double header of white marlin and nabbed a blue marlin late in the day to catch a slam; which will give them a nice bunch of bonus points and the overall lead after two days.

Early leaders Something Fishy improved their numbers with another white marlin to go with their day one pair.   Anticipation added second day blue marlin to their first day fish to stay in contention for the top spot.  Whisky Won released a blue and a white to go with their day one white to move into third place after two days.  Nothing is settled and with the way some boats have gotten hot hands it is still anyone’s ball game.

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The white marlin bite continues to build; 8 whites day one, 9 day two, with 11 on day three for a total of 28 whites!  Seventeen billfish caught on day three including three sailfish, three blue marlin and 11 whites.  This is more whites than were caught in all of 2014.  Hopefully this is a sign of a rebounding white marlin population.

Wave Paver started things off at the six minute mark on day three releasing a blue.   Ten minutes later Game Changer released a pair of whites announcing that the bite was on.  Hit n Run followed with a white marlin and sailfish released.  Something Fishy then released the first of their two white marlin for the day before Hit n Run released the third of their four whites all before noon.  Wave Paver would add a white, while Hit n Run would get their “Slam” with a blue marlin late in the day.  Pandemonium finished the day and the tournament hooked up to a blue marlin at lines out.  All ears stay tuned to the radio when a boat is still hooked up at lines out.  It only took Pandemonium another   17 minutes to release their fish.

Grand Slam points were key as Hit n Run won with Torta in Second Place on the strength of their Grand Slam bonus points.  Wave Paver was third followed by Anticipation.  It is great to see FIVE Lady Anglers on the board for the event.

Congratulations to the winners and all the anglers! 

The next Guy Harvey Outpost event will be the 2nd Annual Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament at Old Bahama Bay June 25-28th.

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The Bahamas Tournament Season Is Jumping!

May 7, 2015 at 12:10 am | Posted in Bahamas, Big Game Fishing, Fishing | 1 Comment
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The 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship is under way in Abaco with Green Turtle Cay the next stop.  Abaco regulars Jichi, Wave Paver and Torta took the top spots with solid performances.  Teque took the early lead on day one with a blue marlin and a sailfish but Wave Paver passed them by before lines out; when they added a blue marlin to their early white.  On day two, Torta added a blue and a white to move ahead of Wave Paver and TequeJichi got on the board early with two blue marlin and did not look back; adding a white and another blue to seal the deal on day two.   Day three saw plenty of action among the leaders as Wave Paver released two blue marlin and a white to make a move but Jichi “Slammed” the door shut with a sail, a white and a blue to extend their lead and collect slam bonus points.

BBC_AIM_Logo NO DATESThe fleet caught 26 billfish an average of 1.13 billfish per boat.  Full Time brought a 597 pound blue marlin to the scales.  She was over the 100 inch minimum length but they actually lost 3 points compared to what they would have scored had they released her.
This week the BBC moves to Green Turtle Cay.  The Green Turtle Club, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge is co-host for the event.  The Green Turtle Club is ideally located in central Abaco allowing easy access to all the region’s famed blue marlin grounds.  These waters have produced huge blue marlin including the current Bahamian Record of 1119 pounds caught during the BBC in 2011.  The Green Turtle Club is sold out for this event.
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Competitors at the ready, the Green Turtle Club.
 
In addition to all the billfish caught big dorado kept anglers on their toes.  They were caught AND eaten!  Next up the BBC heads to Treasure Cay May 27-30.  The next Guy Harvey Outpost event will be the 2nd Annual Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament June 25th – 28th at Old Bahama Bay.

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BBC Day One:  White marlin dominated day one action.  Something Fishy got off to a hot start with a double header of whites.  Island Time is on the board with a sailfish. Game Changer, Marlin Raptor & Whisky Won all got in on the morning bite with white marlin.  Wave Paver & Anticipation jumped to the top with afternoon blue marlin.

BBC Day Two:  The white marlin bite remains hot with the blues showing up in the afternoon.  Sandrita  jumped to the lead today on the strength of on blue marlin and three  white marlin today.  Torta started their day with a sailfish added a double header of white marlin and nabbed a blue marlin late in the day to catch a slam; which will give them a nice bunch of bonus points and the overall lead after two days.

Early leaders Something Fishy improved their numbers with another white marlin to go with their day on pair.   Anticipation added second day blue marlin to their first day fish to stay in contention for the top spot.  Whisky Won released a blue and a white to go with their day one white to move into third place after two days.  Nothing is settled and with the way some boats have gotten hot hands it is still anyone’s ball game.

Stay tuned for details on Baseball Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt’s Winners’ Circle charity tournament at Old Bahama Bay.
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Join Us for Sea Turtle Release Saturday at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost

May 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Conservation | Leave a comment
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The public is invited to join the Turtle Hospital for Miley’s release back to the wild on Saturday, May 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost M.M. 82.1 on the Oceanside.

The Turtle Hospital ambulance will arrive at  the Islander in Islamorada at 10:30 a.m. and Miley will be released off of the beach promptly at 11:00 a.m.  Miley was rescued off of Dove Key in early March where she was found floating and what rescuer’s described as “twerking”.  The rescuer’s named her Miley, after Miley Cyrus.
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Loggerheads nest on beaches at or near most all Guy Harvey Outpost properties. It seems they know good fishing and diving spots.

Miley is a sub-adult Loggerhead sea turtle.  She arrived at the hospital on March 8th following a boat strike.  She weighs 117 pounds.  Loggerheads are the largest hard shell sea turtles and adults typically weigh between 180 and 440 pound.  They can grow to over 1000 pounds. Loggerheads are considered a “Threatened” species and are protected under the Endangered Species Act.  Following a treatment course at the Turtle Hospital that included broad spectrum antibiotics, lactulose, beano, vitamins, and a healthy diet of squid and fish, Miley is ready to hit the main stage.  Miley is swimming strong, healthy, and no longer “twerking”.  Bring your friends and help us to give Miley a proper send-off on Saturday!

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Silver Airways Serves All Six Florida-Bahamas Outpost Properties

April 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Silver Airways now serves ALL SIX of Guy Harvey Outposts’ Bahamas and Florida resorts.  Silver Airways Network now covers the Florida-Bahamas region so well you can get from one GHO destination to another before your umbrella drink melts.  The Silver Airways Network allows you to connect through major hubs in Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando & Tampa.

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As a code share partners with United Airlines and JetBlue a single plane change connects you seamlessly to almost any major airport nationwide.  Silver Airways allows you to put those frequent flyer miles to good use with either United’s Milage Plus program or JetBlue’s TrueBlue.  

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With morning flights you can leave the snow and be on the beach before day’s end.  Silver’s flight schedule increases for the Summer months to make sure you get to your spot on the sand.  So now you can catch redfish, snook or trout at the Guy Harvey Outpost St. Pete Beach in the morning and cast for bonefish at the Blackfly Lodge or Green Turtle Club in the afternoon.

For more information on Silver Airways flights www.SilverAirways.com

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