Guy Harvey Magazine

FALL 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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12 | It's intriguing how vastly different fishing is today than when I was a boy growing up in Jamaica and exploring the sea with my parents. Back then, we were focused on the hunt, the adventure and the catch. Oh, and the grill. We didn't think about stock assessments or over-fishing or sustainability. Those concepts were foreign to us in the 1960s. All of the time I spent casting, trolling, swimming and boating built a foundation for me pursue my doctorate in marine biology. By the time I became a college professor, attitudes about conservation were evolving. I learned that we needed strong data and research to achieve a balance between use and abuse of the resource. Without good science, we're just shooting in the dark. In this issue, our 4th annual Education Issue, we look at both sides of the equation. There are those who are involved in impressive research and are fighting to preserve and protect. And, unfortunately, others are destroying species in a reckless chase for money. On the cover, we've featured the vaquita, the world's most endangered marine mammal. Greg Jacoski, executive director of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, has written a compelling piece about why this small porpoise has almost vanished from the oceans. Some scientists think they've already gone extinct. Others believe there may be about 30 vaquitas still in existence. Sadly, they have been victims of fishing nets harvesting the prized totoaba fish in Mexico. It's a terrible yet vital story that we're proud to feature. On the flip side, I've just returned from Isle Mujeras for our seventh shortfin mako tagging expedition. Before that, I was in Panama where we kicked off the first ever tagging programme of roosterfish. The mako expeditions have been highly successful and we can track them (go to: sharktracking/) in real time to study their behaviour and, therefore, compile the research needed to protect them. In Panama, we were able to catch 102 and tag 80 roosterfish. So, it's not all just hard-nosed science. We did have fun catching fish! My daughter, Jessica, who is now a project manager for the Ocean Foundation here in Grand Cayman, was there with me to help lead the tagging expedition. Our research is still in the early stages so it will take time to assess our progress. But, you can read about the project in this issue, which marks the first article Jessica has published in Guy Harvey Magazine. Maybe I'm just a proud dad but I think she did a fine job! We've also included an inspirational story about David Camperman, GUY TALK THE SCIENCE OF SUSTAINABILITY

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