Guy Harvey Magazine

SPR 2017

Guy Harvey Magazine is focused on fishing, boating, scuba diving, and marine conservation. Portfolios from the world's best fishing photographers, articles on gear, travel, tournaments, apparel, lifestyle, seafood recipes, sustainable fisheries.

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20 | As an avid reader of this magazine, you've probably noticed our trend of focusing on the fishing and conservation initiatives in various states and marine conservation organizations. Over the past few years, we've examined the amazing work of the Florida Institute of Oceanography in St. Petersburg. We highlighted the vital ongoing efforts of the Everglades Foundation as they and other non-profits push forward with restoration of the "River of Grass" and what is an absolutely essential nursery for thousands of species of flora and fauna—fish, reptiles, birds, flowers, sea grasses, and on and on. And, we've dived into the fishery work of agencies in states like Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. This issue, we turned our spotlight on South Carolina—a state with just about every kind of fishing you could want. From rainbow trout in Smoky Mountain streams to striped bass in dozens of lakes to dolphin, tuna and billfish offshore, the state truly has one of the most diverse fishing repertoires in the nation. As we've traveled this exploratory editorial path, we've confirmed what we already suspected: maintaining a healthy and vibrant sport fish population does not just happen. It takes cooperation and hard work from fishermen like you, grassroots conservation organizations, fishing and boating related businesses and, yes, governmental agencies. In South Carolina, for example, as you'll read on page 32, the extraordinary striped bass fishing is the result of scientific methods that were developed by state biologists in the 1960s. Now, South Carolina hatcheries release more than five million stripers into reservoirs each year. So, if and when you try to catch a trophy striped bass in South Carolina (and you definitely should), you can thank the hard work of biologists who keep the population thriving. This not only helps the natural ecosystem but it supports tackle shops, boat sales, fishing lodges and the list goes on. As a scientist, it makes me proud that the work of my colleagues in South Carolina has had such a profound and positive affect on recreational anglers, who simply want to enjoy a day on the water with friends and family and, of course, catch a few fish! That is something I understand very well. Many of you know I grew up in Jamaica fishing offshore with my parents and in tournaments. I still spend a lot of time chasing sharks and billfish so we can tag and track them. These efforts have gleaned a lot of data about these big animals that help us to understand their travel patterns and behavior and thus, we can better protect them. One incident that has been highly publicized is a mako shark we tagged in May 2015 off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. Named Hell's Bay, after the Florida-based company that makes those beautiful flats boats, the shark traveled more than 13,000 miles in two years. That's significant because it's the farthest anyone has ever tracked a mako shark. Lots of these animals are caught by fishermen, but Hell's Bay is still going and giving us insight into that highly threatened species. Finally, while most people know me primarily as a saltwater fisherman, I'm content with any kind of rod and reel in my hand. That's why I'm attending the GEICO Bassmaster's Classic this year in Houston, so maybe I'll be better prepared to land one of those big South Carolina stripers. If you're in the Houston area, come see me! I hope you enjoy this special South Carolina edition of Guy Harvey Magazine! Fair winds and tight lines! GUY TALK is an internationally-acclaimed artist, fisherman, scientist, and world traveler, who devotes much of his time and money toward ocean conservation. THE HARD WORK OF CONSERVATION PAYS OFF GUY HARVEY, PhD

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