Flex Your Funny Bone with Capt. Joe Gonzalez

January 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Posted in Bonefish, Conservation, Fishing, Florida, Florida Keys, Fly Fishing, Marine Science, Sharks, Tarpon, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Miami native Capt. Joe Gonzalez has joined the Guy Harvey Outpost Outfitter program.  Gonzalez is a world class flats guide.  Joe is a modest gentleman who with a quick wit and an osprey’s eyes.  At Guy Harvey Outpost we keep out eyes open for excellent guides.

Ray Lombard's grin matches the size of his bonefish with Capt. Joe Gonzalez.

Ray Lombard’s grin matches the size of his bonefish with Capt. Joe Gonzalez.

With Joe’s accomplishments it is easy to see that he is at the top of the game.

* Capt. Joe has tagged over 1500 bonefish.  More than any other guide in the world.

* Capt. Joe has won Bonefish Tarpon Trust ’s Project Permit twice.

* Capt. Joe served on Bonefish Tarpon Trust’s Expert Bonefish Panel at the BTT Symposium.

* Capt. Joe is the second recipient of the Jose Wejebe Professional Guide Award.

Capt. Joe works with the University of Miami’s Bonefish Research team.

Capt. Joe Gonzalez is a regular on the salt water seminar circuit.  You will find him sharing his skills and techniques at the IGFA‘s Tarpon Tune-up and Saltwater Sportman ’s Seminar Series. You can also find Joe on TV on shows like Flats Class TV with CA Richardson, Bass2Bills with Peter Miller and Sportsman’s Adventures with Rick Murphy just to mention a few.

Fly and light tackle fishing are Joe’s forte. He focuses his efforts on Biscayne Bay, Flamingo and the Florida Keys. On the Funny Bone you will get shots at Tarpon, Bonefish and even the elusive permit. Add snook, redfish, trout and sharks on light tackle and it is “Game On!”  Given Joe’s knowledge of his quarry and his involvement with ongoing science projects we encourage you to participate in these programs and to learn a little bit extra while you are out on the water.

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Capt. Joe is not just a great fishing guide, he is very sharp. Joe’s straight face belies the tales he tells; so be ready to have your leg pulled. And bring your “A” game if you want a lot of laughs.

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Weather you are an accomplished angler or need some tips on your technique; you will enjoy your time on the Funny Bone.

Tournaments, holidays and weekends get booked early so please plan ahead. Mid-week charters are easier to book and give you the added advantage of less competition on the water. Capt. Joe is on the Pro-Staff of AFTCOHell’s Bay Boatworks,  Raymarine Electronics, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and Evinrude Motors.

To book a charter with Joe: reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com or call 800.513.5257

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Lionfish Web Portal Opens for Business

January 12, 2015 at 4:49 am | Posted in Lionfish, Marine Science, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lionfish Web Portal Your One Stop Information Source

The Invasive Lionfish Web Portal has been created by a team of scientists, resource managers, NGO staff, professors and Ph. D. students to create a single source to answer questions with credible information.   The Portal features photos, videos, fact sheets, multimedia, class room resources and social media links.  The information and sources have been vetted by the team.

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Do you need to learn Lionfish first aide?  Click the bright red What to do if stung button at the top of the page.

Are you interested in researching a particular aspect of the Lionfish invasion?  There is a searchable directory of research papers.

Do you have a some cool Lionfish photos/video to share?  Enter the Image or Video Contests.

Do you have a great Lionfish recipe you want to share?  Enter the recipe Contest.

The Invasive Lionfish Web Portal partners include:

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

USGS – Nonindigenous Aquatic Species

Comision National Areas Naturales Protegidas

The Layman Lab at NC State University

The Hixon Lab at Oregon State University

The Buddo Lab at the University of the West Indies

The Bruno Lab at the University of North Carolina-CH

 

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Join Guy Harvey Outpost’s Bonfire Sculptor at the Stuart Boat Show, January 9-11

January 9, 2015 at 6:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Guy Harvey Outpost & Artist Bobby Little Show off his Burning Sculptures at the Stuart Boat Show

Little’s over-sized burning sculptures are central to Outpost’s Bonfire Tournament Series.   The Burning Wahoo Tournament & Festival will feature huge wahoo rising  to 15′.  Having lived in the out islands of the Bahamas for much of his life, Little appreciates the value of reusing and recycling materials.  His welded pieces are made from left over construction materials and a truck hood contributes the flat stock for the heads.   The Burning Wahoo Tournament & Festival fires off at Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbor, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Property, February 26th through March 1st.

Bobby Little with a miniature Wahoo at the Stuart Boat Show.

Bobby Little with a miniature Wahoo at the Stuart Boat Show.

Conscious of his environmental impact, sculptor Little uses only recovered dead coral for his carvings.  At no time does he harvest live coral.   The Stuart Boat Show has a small town feel.  With its warm friendly feel, Stuart is an ideal venue to meet the artist and peruse his coral carvings and talk a little fishing at the Guy Harvey Outpost booth #418.

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Bobby Little with coral carvings and welded marling at the Stuart Boat Show. 2015

Join the Guy Harvey Outpost fishing team and sculptor Little at “Wahoo Central” aka Old Bahama Bay (OBB) for the Burning Wahoo Tournament & Festival.  In addition to art and bonfires the weekend will feature fun filled parties, Skydiving and Kiteboarding exhibitions from Island Extreme Ventures

Unlike most locales where wahoo are considered incidental catches due to their lonely & nomadic nature, at Old Bahama Bay they are  caught consistently October to March.   Double and triple headers of wahoo are common during the season. One-hundred pounders are caught each year in the Bahamas. “Wahoo Alley,” a stretch just north of OBB, where the Little Bahama Bank meets the Gulfstream, gets special recognition on fishing charts.

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 Stuart Boat Show Details

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: On land: Along N.W. Dixie Highway between the Old Roosevelt Bridge and Fern St. In the water: At HMY’s Waterway Marina, Allied Marine and Stuart Harbor.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: Adults $12, Seniors & Veterans $10, Children $5 and infants are free.

Information: Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast (772) 692-7599; Allsports Productions (305) 868-9224

Parking: Free on Wright Blvd. northwest of boat show with free shuttle to show.

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Guy Harvey Outpost Launches Fishing for the Future Tournament

January 9, 2015 at 3:38 am | Posted in Bahamas, Billfish, Bimini, Bonefish, Caymans, Conservation, Fishing, Florida, Florida Keys, Galapagos, Green Turtle Club, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Lionfish, Marine Science, St. Augustine, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Running thru 2015, the innovative Fish for the Future tournament is open to anglers anywhere in the world, with divisions and awards for twenty gamefish species.  “With the iGHOFISH app we can now actually host a tournament with literally no limit on fishing boundaries, and in the process populate the foundations’ database with valuable catch data,’ noted Mark Ellert, President of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges.   Ellert announced the launch of the company’s new fishing app, iGHOFISH, created to serve as the record keeper for the tournament. “The iGHOFISH app is a perfect reflection of our Outpost brand focus on convergence of watersport recreation, marine science and conservation. It’s ‘must have’ gear in the tackle box of every Guy Harvey Outpost angler.”  Using software developed by the Snook and Gamefish Foundation, tournament catches will automatically populate the foundation’s database of over 130 inshore and offshore species.

Created initially by the Snook and Gamefish Foundation (SGF) as a snook species data collection process, their Angler Action program has expanded dramatically with its intuitive user-friendly format and ease of use. “Our fishery database now includes over 30,000 catches,” notes Brett Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the SGF. “We’re excited to have Guy Harvey Outpost help us expand our reach with recreational anglers, especially those committed to data-driven fishery management practices and policies.”

“This tournament and our iGHOFISH app are a way of making citizen science just as much fun as fishing,” commented Cliff Jensen, Director of Fishing Programs for Guy Harvey Outpost. “Not all of us who love to fish have a PhD like Guy Harvey, but with this iGHOFISH app every angler can make a difference by collecting data that helps put those PhD’s to work. That sounds like fun, maybe not for the scientists but certainly for the rest of us.”

There is no cost to enter the Guy Harvey Outpost “Fish for the Future” fishing tournament. The iGHOFISH app is free, and is available for iOS and Android phones.

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About Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts     guyharveyoutpost.com

 Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The company’s Signature Collection properties operate under the Guy Harvey Outpost brand name, with resorts currently in Florida’s popular destinations of St. Pete Beach and Islamorada. The newest Guy Harvey Outpost Resort will open on St. Augustine Beach in fall, 2015. A 30-unit Signature Collection eco-lodge is planned for construction in the Galapagos Islands, on the island of San Cristobal.

Members of the company’s Expedition Portfolio are independently operated and managed boutique sized hotels and lodges in remote destinations that offer superior service and amenities. Member hotels enjoy access to Outpost marketing and its reservation system and on-line booking engine. Expedition Properties include four in the Bahamas: Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour at West End, Bimini Sands on South Bimini, the Green Turtle Club and Blackfly Bonefish Lodge, both in the Abaco Islands. In the Caribbean: Fort Young Hotel on Dominica, the Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman and Hotel Playa Media Luna in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  The award winning Iguana Crossing Hotel, Isabella, Galapagos Islands.

Through the company’s GHOFish program, Guy Harvey Outpost promotes scientific angling expeditions, tournaments and charters. Expedition Outfitters an invitation-only collection of top-of-class dive shops and guided or charter boat fishing outfitters.

The company was founded in 2007 by Mark Ellert, a veteran hospitality professional, and is co-owned by Dr. Harvey, Bill Shedd and Charles Forman. Shedd is the owner of AFTCO, recognized worldwide for its big-game fishing tackle and merchandise. AFTCO is the official licensee of Guy Harvey Sportswear. Both Harvey and Shedd are trustees of the prestigious International Game Fishing Association, IGFA, cofounded by Ernest Hemingway during his days on Bimini. Forman is a practicing eminent domain lawyer and early partner of Dr. Harvey in the growth of his licensing and publishing activities.

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About The Snook and Gamefish Foundation     snookfoundation.org

Established in 1998 by Mr. William R. Mote, founder of the world renowned marine science organization Mote Marine Laboratory, the mission of SGF is to aid in the protection and preservation of current fish populations for future generations by facilitating coordination between anglers, researchers, and policy makers. SGF maintains an unwavering ethos of the conservation, preservation, restoration and enhancement of estuarine and coastal water habitats that define fishing – and SGF believes informed anglers are the key to realizing these goals.

SGF’s Angler Action program was designed with Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and input from the TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division and its data is used by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for conduction stock assessments. The program now stands on the threshold of creating a global network of angling data that will assist with stock assessments and functional habitat identification and use.

 

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Guy Harvey Outpost’s Ultimate Panama Big Game Fishing Trip

December 22, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Fishing, Fly Fishing, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Panama | Leave a comment
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PANAMA SPORTFISHING MOTHER-SHIP ADVENTURE

Panama Yacht and Fishing Charters (PYFC) is the newest member of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges’ Expedition Collection.  The Ms B Haven, mother-ship & fleet are based in Panama City, Panama and available for charter in both the Caribbean and Pacific.  “Panama is an adventure travel paradise and a destination without equal for world class sportfishing and island hopping,” commented Guy Harvey Outpost President, Mark Ellert announcing the new partnership.  “Instead of settling for a single location, this Outpost offers the best of all worlds – a fleet of rooms that can move around this amazing country.   Whether it’s offshore big-game fishing in the Pacific, backcountry fishing along the Caribbean coast, exploring the Canal Zone, or discovering the remote and beautiful Pearl and San Blas Islands, there’s literally something of interest for everyone and PYFC Outpost can take you there.”

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Ms B Haven, fish in luxury by day and lounge in your private fishing lodge by night.

Fishing from a mother-ship allows you the freedom to fish legendary places like Pinas Bay and Hanibal Bank or explore the idyllic San Blas archipelago.  The PYFC Outpost fleet includes a 98’ tri-deck motor yacht, two sportfishing boats – a 66’ Buddy Davis and 37’ Strike – and a flats skiff. The mother-ship carries a complement of water-toys, jet skis and a complete dive center.

Cherin III at anchor in Panama.

Cherin III at anchor in Panama.

Owned by a Florida based fishing enthusiast, the Panama Yacht & Fishing Charters Outpost is operated by South Africa native Hennie Marais, considered one of Panamas’ most respected sportfishing outfitters and lodge operators. “We have assembled a group of captains and crew to rival any tournament caliber sportfishing team you’ll find stateside”, notes Marais. “The Buddy Davis and Strike are equipped with all the best big-game tackle, and the mother-ship is our luxury lodge that is never far out of range when it’s time for lines-out.”

Panama native and seasoned sportfishing Captain Yasser “Jacko” Torres runs the Buddy Davis.  Adds Marais, “experience and communication in the cockpit are essential to consistently catching big fish and having fun and PYFC Outpost has that covered.  Jacko and his crew have all the requisite tournament credentials and are fluent in English, French and Russian, as well as Spanish, so anglers from all over the world will certainly enjoy their time with us.”

In commenting on the newest Expedition Collection property, Outpost co-founder and IGFA trustee Bill Shedd compared the new PYFC Outpost to long-range fishing operations common to southern California, where his company AFTCO is based.  “While I’ve enjoyed many long range fishing trips, and you can always move around to find fish, they seldom have the space, amenities and comfort to bring along the family or business associates.  Our new PYFC Outpost eliminates that problem, without question.  Fish or fun, dive or sun.  You decide, but its top-of-class”.

The PYFC Outpost fleet accommodates up to twelve guests and is available for three and six day charters, with customized float plans based on cruising or fishing preferences.  For charter information, contact Guy Harvey Outpost toll free at 1.800. 513.5257 or visit www.GuyHarveyOutpost.com.

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Get Ready to Wahoo with the IGFA & Old Bahama Bay

December 8, 2014 at 4:30 am | Posted in Art, Bahamas, Fishing, Florida, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Old Bahama Bay | Leave a comment
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Capt. Tony DiGiulian Teaches How to Catch Wintertime Wahoo at the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing next Monday, December 15, 2014, 7-10pm.

Known as one of the fastest fish in the ocean, wahoo don’t last long on a dinner plate either.    Capt. DiGiulian’s class will teach anglers how to target and more consistently catch wahoo in the cooler months of the year.  He is co-founder of the IGFA School of Sportfishing and has lectured on fishing techniques around the world through his Saltwater Professional Consulting.

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Captain Anthony DiGulian and his favorite wahoo rig.

Unlike most locales where wahoo are often considered incidental catches due to their somewhat nomadic and loner nature, at Old Bahama Bay, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge they are  caught consistently October to March.   Double and triple headers of wahoo are relatively common during the season. One-hundred pounders are caught each year in the Bahamas. Wahoo grow quite large with the all tackle record reaching 184 pounds. Just north of Old Bahama Bay is the area known as “Wahoo Alley.”  This stretch, where the Little Bahama Bank meets the Gulfstream, gets special recognition on fishing charts.   Wahoo also make great table fair  and can be found at your local sushi bar as Ono.  To celebrate WAHOO Season, Guy Harvey Outpost is hosting the Wahoo Bonfire Festival and Tournament at Old Bahama Bay February 26th – March 1st 2015.  The Wahoo Bonfire Festival will feature a variety of activities including a Burning Wahoo Sculpture by artist Bobby Little.

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The Wintertime Wahoo Techniques class will be held at the International Game Fish Association’s  Headquaters in Dania Beach, FL.   Cost per class is $100 USD for IGFA members and $150 USD for non IGFA members.  The fee covers the cost of the class, course materials, and tackle used for activities during each class. For more details call Anthony Vedral at 954-924-4254 or e-mail avedral@igfa.org

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Guy Harvey Outpost Outfitter, Ray Rosher, Teaches Kite Fishing at the IGFA

December 1, 2014 at 2:20 am | Posted in Fishing, Florida, Fly Fishing, Sailfish, Sharks | Leave a comment

Learn from the master, Capt. Ray Rosher.  Kite Fishing Techniques is part of the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing series, Tuesday, December 2nd, 7-10pm. Kite Fishing is particularly effective for targeting Sailfish.  Ray runs the Miss Britt charter boats out of Monty’s Marina in Coconut Grove, Miami FL.  He and the Miss Britt team are winners of over 50 billfish tournaments.      We are proud that Ray is also one of Guy Harvey Outpost’s Fishing Outfitters.

While kite fishing is famous for catching sailfish it can be used to catch other billfish, tuna, dolphin, kingfish and sharks.  The kite adds to the excitement by keeping the bait near the surface where anglers and crew can often see the bite. Kingfish and Spanish mackerel often skyrocket on the bait from below launching like missiles.   Hammerheads can be brought close to the boat for a photograph.  With practice the kite can be used to bring sailfish within casting distance with a fly rod.

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Ray Rosher, Miss Britt Key West Winners 2014

The class takes place at the International Game Fish Association’s  Headquaters in Dania Beach, FL.   Cost per class is $100 USD for IGFA members and $150 USD for non IGFA members.  The fee covers the cost of the class, course materials, and tackle used for activities during each class. For more details call Anthony Vedral at 954-924-4254 or e-mail avedral@igfa.org

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Black Friday Deals at Old Bahama Bay

November 28, 2014 at 5:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Don’t miss out on this VERY limited special offer from Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour: Buy One, Get One – on hotel suites and dockage! Make a booking from Friday, November 28th through Tuesday, December 2nd for travel between January 4th and February 15th, 2015 and we will give you another suite of the same category and/or a dockslip of the same size or smaller for free!  Bookings must be paid in full at time of reservation and are non-refundable. Call 1-800-513-5257 or email reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com and mention Black Friday BOGO (bookings cannot be made on-line). Offer cannot be combined with other special deals or used for packages; available for new bookings only, based on availability.

Spend the perfect day and evening exploring above and below the living seas of West End.  These tours can all be booked before you arrive through our reservations office at 800-513-5257 or email reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com.  See full list and prices on our Activities Page.

Sunset Bahama Mama Cruise  Sip on a cool Bahama Mama while you cruise the north coastline of the Village of West End.

Stingray Feeding Eco-Tour  This once in a lifetime thrill provides visitors with the opportunity to meet our stingrays up close in their natural environment.

Native Fishing Adventure: Cook, Catch, Eat  Learn the native way of harvesting conch, lobster, and fish – plus prepare for cooking, and then eat!

Snorkel Adventures  You’ll see starfish, stingrays, moray eels, parrot fish, sea turtles, staghorn and elkhorn corals and so much more.

Ecology Tours  West End Ecology Tours can provide a true Bahamian ecology and fishing experience that is – simple, pure, and natural. West End offers some of the best fishing, deserted cays, snorkeling and free-diving to enjoy. Annual migration of spotted dolphins, sea turtles and numerous bird species can be found in this natural wonderland.

Fishing Tours  Fishing abounds just minutes from the Old Bahama Bay marina with numerous varieties of snapper, grouper and a multitude of other reef dwelling species along with bonefish and some of the world’s finest marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo fishing.

Personal Boat Charter  If you are interested in chartering “Rough Life” for your personal use (along with our captain), the hourly rate is $175 with a minimum of 2 hours and $150 per hour thereafter. Max occupancy is 6 adults and 2 children.

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Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Hosts Their 5th International Symposium

November 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Posted in Bonefish Bimini, Conservation, Fishing, Florida Keys, Fly Fishing | Leave a comment
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Bonefish and Tarpon Trust hosted their 5th International Symposium at the IGFA Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. Hundreds of conservation minded attendees turned out for the educational and event packed weekend, all with a focus on raising awareness about the conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

Scientists from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Belize, the Bahamas, and Cuba were on hand to present their latest findings on a variety of topics concerning the three slam species.  A number of fly and spin fishing clinics were held for the attendees to enjoy and there were also panel discussions with some of today’s most knowledgeable fishing guides and angling legends from around the world, sharing their insight and stories about bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

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Friday evening saw the inaugural BTT Art and Film Festival, where some of the biggest names in saltwater art and photography displayed their work and helped raise funds for BTT. The festival also featured screenings of many excellent short films, all competing for a chance to win prizes from Orvis and Costa and the title of Viewer’s Choice. In the end, “Knockin’ On The Door” by WorldAngling took home the win. The winner of BTT’s Best Conservation Message went to Marc Montocchio for his trailer of the film “Origins Of The Sky.”

The highlight of the film screening was the world premier of “90 Miles“, in which filmmaker Will Benson of WorldAngling highlighted his recent trip to Cuba with BTT scientists and showed the world that although the US has had differences with its neighbor to the south, we also share many commonalities including a love for fishing and a passion for the conservation of our environment.

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Bill Klyn presents Tom McGuane with the Curt Gowdy Media Memorial Award, photo: Pat Ford

Capping off the two-day event was a Saturday evening silent auction followed by the “Passing The Torch” Banquet. The banquet celebrated some up and coming members of the saltwater fishing community in a short “Passing The Torch” film. The film highlighted Paul Puckett, Jorge Martinez, Captain C.A. Richardson, Captain Will Benson, Meredith McCord and Oliver White for their support of BTT and their efforts to promote conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

During the banquet, BTT awarded three Conservation Stewardship awards to deserving members of the fishing community. The Flats Stewardship Award went to former FWC commissioner Ken Wright for his tireless efforts in securing the catch and release status of bonefish and tarpon in Florida, as well as the banning of the “Boca Grande Jig”. The Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award was presented to Costa Del Mar’s VP of Marketing, Al Perkinson, for his immense support of BTT through Project Permit, and the Curt Gowdy Media Memorial Award went to legendary author and Buccaneers and Bones star Tom McGuane.

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Al Perkinson receives the Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the year Award from Dr. Aaron Adams. Photo Pat Ford

The American Fisheries Society also presented Bonefish and Tarpon Trust with the prestigious Conservation Achievement Award for the Fisheries Management Section.  This annual award recognizes an organization’s outstanding contributions to fishery conservation or fishery science. Upon receiving the award, BTT’s Director of Operations Dr. Aaron Adams noted, “BTT is extremely flattered and proud to receive this award from the American Fisheries Society. This award confirms the validity of our approach to fisheries conservation, and provides encouragement moving forward.”

The two day event saw roughly 350 registered attendees come through the doors and went on to gross nearly $117,000 for Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. Symposium Chairman Chris Peterson of Hell’s Bay Boatworks commented, “The scientific presentations were astronomically enlightening, the instruction sessions legendary, and the fellowship among like minded anglers…priceless.” BTT President Matt Connolly added, “Like me, I suspect that nearly all 350 Symposium attendees left inspired by the “Legends”, encouraged by the exciting scientific breakthroughs, and energized knowing their investment in BTT has delivered such dynamic returns in but three years! The many inspiring discoveries shared with us at the Symposium made it apparent that we must transform this emerging scientific knowledge into enlightened management of flats ecosystems throughout the Caribbean. It is a challenge BTT is now, more than ever, well prepared to meet!”

Photos courtesy of Pat Ford

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Google Takes Aim at Illegal Fishing

November 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Conservation, Fishing, Marine Science | Leave a comment
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Global Fishing Watch  Will Allow Real-Time Monitoring of Commercial Fishing Fleets World-Wide  – Lucy Craymer – Wall Street Journal - 17 Nov, 9:47 AM

Google has teamed up with mapping company SkyTruth and marine-advocacy group Oceana to create a new tool aimed at reining in illegal fishing world-wide.

A prototype of the technology called Global Fishing Watch was launched in Sydney. It will allow the public to view online where fishing boats are operating around the globe. The developers say they hope the tool will give governments, non-government organizations and the public the ability to monitor where illegal fishing is taking place.

While the technology can’t prevent instances of illegal fishing, making the information publicly available could help governments police commercial fishing, said Jackie Savitz, vice president of US Oceans for Oceana. In countries with governments less willing or able to prevent overfishing, the public will have more knowledge to pressure them, she said.

“Illegal fishing is something that we can hope to put a dent in with Global Fishing Watch,” said Ms Savitz. “What is cool is that the technology does most of the work.”

The technology is expected to cost $US3 million to $US5 million, and uses tracking devices already mandated on all large boats, filtering out the fishing vessels using recognized patterns.

In a statement, the developers conceded that illegal fishing operations can turn off their satellite trackers, which could limit the usefulness of the program.

Developed by Google and SkyTruth programmers, it uses Google’s data-analysis facilities to parse huge amounts of information and visualise where fishing is occurring around the globe.

The project was undertaken by Google Earth Outreach program, which works with nonprofits to find ways the Mountain View, California, company’s infrastructure can be used to meet global challenges. The Global Fishing Watch project stemmed from a demonstration at a developer conference showing how much data could be visualised in a browser.

“The data set we used was shipping because it was a beautiful data set, but as soon as we put it up there people started picking up patterns. And people started saying what if we could just pick out fishing? What would that mean? What would it enable?” said Brian Sullivan, project manager at Google Ocean & Earth Outreach program.

The developers said the program would be available for public use in 2015 or 2016, depending on funding.

Overfishing is a growing concern world-wide, with around 30 per cent of marine stocks overfished, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Five years ago, a study published by the World Bank and U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization put the economic losses from poor fisheries management and overfishing at up to $US50 billion a year.

Concerns about fish stocks are leading countries with large ocean resources to find ways to safeguard the resources–often while struggling to patrol large areas of ocean with minimal equipment.

One such country is the small Pacific nation Kiribati, which plans to ban commercial fishing in the country’s Phoenix Islands Protected Area from January 1 2015, and suspend commercial fishing in a second area to allow fish stocks to be replenished.

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