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Marine conservationist responds to criticism

In response to criticism by a group of sport fishermen that he had turned his back on the sportfishing community, Guy Harvey - marine artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer - recently published an "open letter" stating his case.

Harvey, who is well-known for his conservation efforts for marine life, was criticized for his support of the Pew Environment Group, the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew and other more extreme environmental groups have pushed for closing fishing grounds and the total protection of sharks.

“Please know that first and foremost I am a lifelong angler who loves nothing more than spending a day on the water in pursuit of big fish,” Harvey writes in his letter. “It’s my passion and my profession, and I live it practically every day of the year. I am also a dedicated conservationist. I believe that we must fish responsibly and ensure the health of fish stocks throughout the world.”

Harvey concludes his letter by reminding “my fan base — as well as all of the naysayers — that I love fishing and I love to cook and eat the fish that I catch. I do fish responsibly — I release all billfish and undersized wahoo, tuna or dolphin that I catch. But a nice bull dolphin, yellowfin or blackfin is going in the cooler!”

Click here for the full letter.

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