Guy Harvey Outpost, A TradeWinds Beach Resort Sponsors Auditorium at Florida Gulf Coast Center for FishingSeptember 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Florida, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., St. Pete Beach, TradeWinds | Leave a comment
Tags: Florida, Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost, St. Pete Beach, Tradewinds Resorts
The newly rebranded Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort has jumped right in to supporting conservation efforts on the Gulf Coast by becoming title sponsor of Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum’s auditorium, now named Guy Harvey Outpost Auditorium presented by TradeWinds Island Resorts. The 2,000 square foot, state-of-the-art auditorium features a 100-seat amphitheater with full audio and visual presentation capability. The auditorium will feature film presentations for children and adults, including the Guy Harvey video series, educational classes, seminars and community events. The auditorium sponsorship is contracted through 2017.
The Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum is an educational complex complete with auditorium, classrooms, historical and marine art galleries, interactive fishing simulator area, marine store and outdoor fishing lake – aligning perfectly with Guy Harvey’s signature brand of preserving marine resources through education in science and hands-on exploration.
Tags: Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost, St. Pete Beach
Guy recently spoke with BooDreaux, Steve and Capt. Mike of Fishing Florida Radio to discuss the upcoming Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium, which is being held this week in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the new Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete Beach. Click here to listen to the interview.
Tags: Abacos, Bahamas, fishing, Grand Bahama, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost, Old Bahama Bay
Ft. Lauderdale, FL — September 5, 2012— Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced today that the popular Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour is the newest member of the Expedition Properties Portfolio by Guy Harvey Outpost. Old Bahama Bay marks the third Outpost Expedition Property in the northern Bahamas since launching the program earlier this year.
Making the announcement today were Outpost co-founders Mark Ellert and Bill Shedd, along with James Culmer, the manager of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour. “Old Bahama Bay is without question one of the most popular out-island marina resorts in the Bahamas, with world class fishing and legendary diving,” remarked Outpost President, Ellert. “It’s the front door to the Northern Bahamas for the entire eastern seaboard boating and fishing community, so Old Bahama Bay is a perfect complement to our other Outpost Expedition properties in the Abaco Islands .”
Bill Shedd, added “For Outpost, it’s important to promote the understanding and appreciation of a destination’s relationship to its larger marine ecosystem. From Old Bahama Bay on past the Green Turtle Club to the Blackfly Bonefish Lodge at the south end of Great Abaco island, there are well over 200 miles of shoreline, flats, reefs, coves and cays. Each is uniquely different, but together they make for a remarkably vibrant and diverse marine environment, offering great vacation and scientific opportunities.” The Shedd family legacy is written in conservation and marine education, having co-founded Sea World and the Hubbs Seaworld Research Institute, for which Bill Shedd serves as Board Chairman. Shedd is also owner of AFTCO, a fishing tackle industry leader.
Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour is located on West End, Grand Bahama Island, approximately 60 miles east of Palm Beach. The resort, with its 73 villas and full service marina, has recently reclaimed its operating independence after becoming associated with plans to redevelop two thousand acres of land once known as Jack Tar Village. The newly created management company, Island Ventures Resort & Club, Ltd., has installed James Culmer as Resort Manager.
“By teaming with Guy Harvey Outpost, we’re combining our top-of-class facilities and amenities with watersport enthusiasts and their families who are passionate about their time on, in, and around the water and their loyalty to Guy Harvey and his widely recognized brand of conservation, discovery and watersports adventure,“ noted Culmer in explaining the decision to affiliate with Outpost. “By joining Expedition Properties, Old Bahama Bay joins a select group of Outpost owners and operators who share this passion and loyalty and we look forward to working with Guy and his Outpost properties to bring his message of discovery to an ever expanding audience.”
Culmer also announced that Old Bahama Bay is celebrating their new affiliation with Outpost offering dockage at $1.00 per foot and room rates of $150.00 per night – with a third night free – from September 4th through October 31, 2012. “It’s our back to school special,” Culmer quips. “We’re back in class, so to speak, with old friends and some new faces. Today we’re learning everything we can about Guy’s vast world of science and discovery, and tonight’s homework assignment is to put that knowledge to work developing some exciting and unique fall and spring fishing and diving activities!”
Tags: Art, Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, FWC, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost, marine conservation
Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation check presentation (left-to-right) FWC Commissioner Charles Roberts; FWC Commissioner Aliese Priddy; FWC Commissioner Richard Corbett, Antonio Fins, Executive Director of Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Steve Stock, President of Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey, Inc; FWC Chairman Kenneth Wright; FWC Vice-Chairman Kathy Barco; FWC Commissioner Brian Yablonski; FWC Commissioner Ronald Bergeron; WFF Exec. Dir. Brett Boston
TAMPA, FL—SEPTEMBER 6, 2012— The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation today furthered its commitment to marine education efforts in the Sunshine State with a $50,000 donation to the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCNN).
The FYCCN is a non-profit partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Working with 85 partner organizations, FYCNN has served more than 120,000 Florida youths in the past three fiscal years by connecting them with traditional outdoor activities. The Guy Harvey organization’s donation will provide seed funding to establish 10 permanent summer camps for youths to introduce them to saltwater environment education, saltwater fishing, kayaking and other conservation-related activities.
Steve Stock, president of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey, Inc., said the FYCNN was made possible by monies raised this year through a partnership with the Florida Lottery. Guy Harvey’s artwork and merchandise, including apparel, have long been among the most recognizable and popular brand. In March of this year, The Florida Lottery launched the GUY HARVEY® Scratch-Off game, featuring a series of six colorful wildlife illustrations. The game distributed 12 million $2 tickets in just five months, making it one of the most successful scratch-off games in the 25-year history of the Florida Lottery.
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey, Inc., are committed to investing lottery game proceeds in marine conservation and education programs across Florida. The funding of the FYCCN is a major step toward achieving that goal.
“By supporting these youth conservation centers we are directly meeting our mission objectives to fund both inspired scientific research and innovative education programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments,” said Dr. Harvey. “Helping our children develop a conservation ethic through a strong personal connection with nature is essential for the future of the state’s natural resources.”
Tags: film festival, Gulf Fisheries Symposium, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost, Mystery of the Grouper Moon, St. Pete Beach, This is Your Ocean, TradeWinds
Film Festival Part of Gulf Fisheries Symposium
ST. PETE BEACH, FL— August 31, 2012—Legendary fisherman, artist and conservationist, Dr. Guy Harvey, will host a film festival at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort on Saturday, September 15, 2012, in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium. Two of Harvey’s award-winning documentaries will be featured along with trailers for his upcoming films. Admission is free but parking is limited and will cost $5 per car. The first film with be shown at 7:00 p.m. with the second showing immediately following an intermission.
In 2011, Harvey’s documentary, This is Your Ocean: Sharks, won the Macgillivray Freeman Conservation Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California. It will open the Saturday night event. Also on tap for viewers will be Harvey’s latest film, Mystery of the Grouper Moon, which was filmed last year in the Cayman Islands.
“Grouper Moon is a very important project for us because it shows how science and art can work in concert to bring about responsible marine conservation,” Harvey said.
Mystery of the Grouper Moon focuses on a reef in Little Cayman where thousands of Nassau grouper congregate each February during the full moon. The grouper, which come to the same reef from miles around, are there for their annual spawning. Conservationists in Cayman persuaded the government to close fishing on the reef during the spawning season to protect the fish when they are vulnerable to mass catches by local fishermen.
“I have a lifelong love affair with fishing,” Harvey said, “and this film illustrates why there are certain times when we need to protect the species in order to have healthy and sustainable populations.”
This is Your Ocean: Sharks is a bit of a love affair as well between a man and a shark. The star of the film is Emma, a 12-foot tiger shark that has been befriended by famed scuba diver, Jim Abernethy. Conventional wisdom has been that tiger sharks are ruthless man eaters and historically they have been one of the most feared sharks. However, Abernethy and Emma formed a bond during hundreds of dives and they sometimes bump nose to dive mask in a heart-stopping show of affection. Abernethy likens Emma to a “puppy dog” and the film reveals how shark and man can peacefully co-exist.
The TradeWinds Island Grand is a 20-acre resort located on the unspoiled white sand beaches of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico, with extensive meeting space, five pools, fine and casual dining, beach bars and nearly limitless recreation for both adults and children.
Tags: Bahamas, Black Fly, bonefish, Great Abaco, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost, Vaughn Cochran
Ft. Lauderdale, FL — August 30, 2012— Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced today that Blackly Lodge is the newest member of the its Expedition Properties Portfolio. The popular bonefishing lodge on Great Abaco island is owned and operated by Vaughn Cochran, founder of Blackfly, a diversified flyfishing company.
Making the announcement today was Outpost President Mark Ellert and fly-fishing authority Vaughn Cochran, founder of Blackfly. “The Abacos have a world class reputation for trophy bonefish and permit,” said Ellert. “Vaughn has helped write the book on how to run world class bonefishing lodges, and that’s why we’re excited to have Blackfly as our inaugural bonefishing lodge in the Expedition portfolio.”
The once novice angler and struggling artist, Cochran landed in Key West in the early 1970’s to paint and hone his fly-fishing skills. His days were mostly spent hunting bonefish and his nights playing music around Key West, where he eventually became an original member of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band. Today Cochran presides over a diverse flyfishing business, including retail, lodging, restaurants, and fine art.
In commenting on the announcement, Vaughn noted, “Guy and I are both artists turned anglers and conservationists. We’ve been working together now for several years to create a unique experience for anglers who want to catch trophy fish, enjoy themselves and have a low-impact on the habitat.” Expedition Properties by Guy Harvey Outpost showcases independently owned and operated resort properties that promote sustainable tourism and offer top-of-class watersport recreation and hospitality in unique destinations.
“The DNA of Guy Harvey Outpost is one part fishing and a lot of other neat stuff. Add that to our Blackfly DNA, and it’s a winning combination, all based on top-of-class service and memorable fishing adventures. Together, we’ll create memories for our customers that will last lifetime,” notes Cochran.
“Vaughn is certainly a character with colorful stories and a lot of passion,” notes Guy Harvey. “He’s like a character in one of Buffett’s songs. He goes down island, takes up painting, gets married,, manages a bunch of flyfishing lodges, runs his flyshop and art studio, opens a restaurant and then ends up back in the islands hunting bonefish and permit.”
Tags: conservation, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Magazine, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost, marine conservation, marine science, St. Pete Beach
Health of Gulf Seafood, Fishery Analysis and Habitat Restoration on Agenda
ST. PETE BEACH, FL—AUGUST 20, 2012— Two years after the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil well was finally capped, the largest gathering of scientists, fishery experts and government officials are gathering in St. Pete Beach to share the findings of their research, and to offer direction for further study.
The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium, on Sept. 14-15, is the first summit to bring together the various stakeholders in the Gulf’s fishery, an annual multi-billion-dollar industry for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
The oil gusher and the clear environmental damage in 2010 captivated international attention and raised doubts about the safety of eating Gulf of Mexico seafood. It also raised concerns about short- and long-term damage to fish stocks. Research to be presented at the symposium will begin to definitively address these issues.
The symposium will also present the results of research funded by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation‘s 2010 “Save Our Gulf” campaign, which raised $500,000 to fund gulf fisheries research related to the oil spill. It will bring together representatives from all sectors of the marine world – recreational and commercial fishermen, non-governmental and governmental agencies, politicians, fishing authorities and marine scientists – to explore vital issues facing the Gulf through presentations and panel discussions. More than 200 are expected to attend and participate.
The recommendations offered by the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium will also involve requesting funding from the $20 billion trust established by BP to respond to claims from individuals, businesses and government entities.
Headliners appearing at the symposium are Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and a former Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at NOAA, and Dr. Guy Harvey, celebrated artist, fisheries scientist and conservationist. The symposium’s line-up includes Eric Schwaab, Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management, Gil McRae, Director, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), Donald Kent, President of the Hubbs-Seaworld Institute, Dr. Bob Hueter from Mote Marine Laboratory, Dr. Mahmood Shivji, Director of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University.
The ultimate mission of the symposium is to provide a platform where all stakeholder groups can share knowledge and move forward with a unified mission of a sustainable and healthy fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.
For a final agenda and listing of speakers and panelists, please go to www.gulffisheriessymposium.com.
The symposium will be held at the TradeWinds Islands Resort on St. Pete Beach. The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium is sponsored by NOAA, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the University of South Florida, the Florida Institute of Oceanography, Mote Marine Laboratory, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey Magazine.
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Win a trip to the Guy Harvey Outpost Grand Opening on St. Pete Beach, FL! The trip package includes
- Two round trip tickets to Tampa International Airport, 30 minutes from Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort.
- 4 Day /3 Night stay at Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort in a spacious Gulf Front Suite with views of the Gulf of Mexico and the white sand beaches of St. Pete Beach.
- 36″ giclee print signed by Guy Harvey personally!
- Exclusive invitation to our Grand Opening event on September 12th to include Cocktail Reception, Dinner, Entertainment, and a Meet & Greet with Guy Harvey himself.
Visit the TradeWinds Island Resort Facebook Page for details and registration!
Tags: fishing, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost, Guy Harvey Scholarships, National Marine Sanctuaries, photo contest, Sanctuary Classic
The Sportfishing Conservancy announced today that world-renowned gamefish artist, angler and conservationist Guy Harvey has donated $4,000 through his Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to sponsor the four scholarship awards that will culminate the summer-long 2012 Sanctuary Classic online fishing photo contest. As such, when these four $1,000 scholarships are presented to the parents or guardians of children under 18 following the event’s Labor Day conclusion, they will be named the Guy Harvey Sanctuary Classic Scholarship Awards.
Harvey himself will be among the judges, choosing from among all the photos submitted through the event’s website (www.sanctuaryclassic.org) four photos that best exemplify the following themes: Kids Fishing, Kids and Family Fishing Values, Kids in the Sanctuaries, Kids in the Outdoors and Kids Conservation. All photos of kids entered over the summer-long run of the Sanctuary Classic will be considered for these special awards, as well as for the weekly awards.
“On behalf of all partner organizations who have made this unique event possible, we are extremely grateful to Guy Harvey for his generous support and participation as a judge,” said Tom Raftican, president of The Sportfishing Conservancy. “We’re proud to name these special awards after him. Guy’s worldwide reputation as a marine artist, sport fisherman and conservationist makes him an ideal representative for the Sanctuary Classic. At its heart, this event is about encouraging families to get out and fish and develop a new appreciation for our national marine sanctuaries — and Guy’s involvement will certainly help us achieve these goals,” Raftican added.
The 2012 Sanctuary Classic was created by the Sportfishing Conservancy in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and several other national organizations, with the goal of getting more families and youth outdoors to enjoy the abundant recreational fishing opportunities in our nation’s national marine sanctuaries. This free online fishing/photo contest began with a kick-off event on two coasts June 9 and continues through September 3.
The Classic promotes conservation-focused recreational fishing opportunities in all of our nation’s marine sanctuaries, while highlighting four in particular: the Florida Keys, Channel Islands (Calif.), Monterey Bay (Calif.) and Gray’s Reef (Ga.) National Marine Sanctuaries. In addition to encouraging angling participation, the Classic provides anglers with information about the unique habitats in each of these locations and encourages the adoption of best recreational fishing practices. Participants angling in any marine sanctuary are eligible to submit photos of their catches via the tournament web site and winners will be selected each week.
Weekly winners (based on website votes) will receive $100 gift certificates, with the four scholarship award winners to be judged from all entries. The use of photo submissions — rather than fish brought back to the dock — helps encourage and promote catch-and-release fishing during the tournament, a key technique to preserve marine life in the sanctuaries.
The National Marine Sanctuary System spans over 150,000 square miles of ocean and Great Lakes waters from the Hawaiian Islands to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. While the sanctuary program’s primary mission is to protect the nation’s critical marine ecosystems, 98 percent of all sanctuary waters are open to activities including recreational fishing, diving, surfing and swimming.
Additional support for the Classic is being provided by national and local partners including the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, which provided initial funding though the Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund and West Marine.