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NSU’s Guy Harvey Research Institute Receives $200,000 from Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation




Guy Harvey makes a $200,000 check presentation to the GHRI at NSU on Sept. 27 on behalf of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation during the grand opening of NSU's Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research. (From Left to Right: Steve Stock, President of Guy Harvey, Inc. and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Richard E. Dodge, Ph.D.; dean of Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Oceanographic Center and executive director of NSU's National Coral Reef Institute; Ronald G. Assaf, chair of NSU's Board of Trustees; Marine Wildlife Artist and Conservationist Guy Harvey, Ph.D.; NSU President George Hanbury II, Ph.D.; and Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D., NSU Oceanographic Center professor and director of the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at NSU.)


Guy Harvey, Ph.D., renowned marine wildlife artist, scientist, and conservationist recently donated $200,000 to the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at Nova Southeastern University on Sept. 27. The donation was made toward research on large marine fishes such as sharks and marlins. Given on behalf of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the funding will be used to support ongoing research projects at the GHRI, which is housed at NSU’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park.

GHRI Director Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D., who is also a professor at NSU’s Oceanographic Center, and his GHRI graduate students and collaborators use a combination of DNA and field-based research methods to obtain a holistic understanding of open-ocean and coral reef fishes and how they use their ecosystems. “The generous continued financial support from Dr. Guy Harvey and his foundation has been absolutely pivotal at keeping GHRI at the forefront of making important discoveries about sharks and billfishes to help their conservation globally,” Shivji said. “Some of this new funding will be used to dig deeper into understanding the migration patterns of short-fin mako sharks, a species whose populations are believed to be declining due to heavy fishing.”

Harvey said: “We hope our contribution boosts the important research done at the Guy Harvey Research Institute and NSU’s new Center of Excellence for Coral
Reef Ecosystems Research. The work at NSU is for the betterment of our marine and coastal environments, so that we can better conserve our ocean’s resources for future generations to enjoy.”

“Without the continued generosity of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation in general and Guy Harvey specifically, we would not be a scientific leader of marine science,” said NSU President George Hanbury, Ph.D.

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF), created by Guy Harvey, funds inspired scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments. The Guy Harvey Research Institute has received generous support from GHOF over the years.

Growing up in Jamaica, Harvey spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the Island’s south coast. He was fascinated with the creatures of the sea and began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed. Harvey’s artwork can be found in art exhibits, stores, galleries, restaurants and at fishing tournaments.

He makes appearances at store openings as well as public appearances for a variety of environmental causes. Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea.