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August 27, 2010

Guy Harvey, AFTCO and partners raise $500,000 in 30 days for Gulf marine life affected by oil spill

Guy Harvey Sportswear sells out 50,000 special edition fishing T-shirts, created to fund research on the effects of the BP oil spill on fish spawning grounds and other impacted marine species.

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) August 26, 2010 -- AFTCO Bluewater, the official licensee and manufacturer of Guy Harvey fishing clothing, fishing t-shirts, and coastal lifestyle apparel, and Guy Harvey, known as the world's premier marine wildlife artist and renown marine biologist and conservationist, today announced that in just one month they sold out of 50,000 special edition Guy Harvey "Save Our Gulf" fishing T-shirts. $10 of each shirt sold was donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF), for a total of $500,000 that will be used to support needed marine life research in the Gulf of Mexico. AFTCO Bluewater has ceased production and is no longer selling the t-shirts at their official online store,  GuyHarveySportswear.com, but limited quantities are still available at retail outlets for the next few weeks.

Even though oil is no longer flowing into the Gulf from the BP spill, and it is reported that over 70% of the spilled oil is now gone due primarily to evaporation and bacteria consumption, there is no doubt that marine life in the Gulf has been impacted. The $500,000 will be used to increase our understanding of how it has been impacted and what possible solutions exist both for now and in the case of future mishaps. The money raised from the sale of the special Guy Harvey T-shirts will be set aside in a separate fund within the GHOF and will be granted to research projects that Guy Harvey and the GHOF Board believe will bring the most future benefit to marine life of the Gulf.

Many questions need to be answered such as what impact the spill has had on planktonic animals, fish eggs, larvae and juvenile fish. Also, if it is found that there has been a significant impact on an important sportfish species such as bluefin tuna, grouper, cobia, red snapper, redfish, seatrout, or flounder, the research will look at how that impact affects future stocks.

"Our thanks go out to all who added to the $10 contribution which included Guy Harvey, AFTCO Bluewater, our reps, our suppliers and our retail partners," said Bill Shedd, President of AFTCO Bluewater. "We also thank the consumers who made this possible with their strong support of these specific shirts and the Guy Harvey brand. Our original goal was to sell 10,000 T-shirts and raise $100,000. For us to raise $500,000 in just a month is quite a unique and significant accomplishment. Meaningful support of the marine resource is part of the culture and DNA with both Guy Harvey and AFTCO Bluewater. This Save Our Gulf T-shirt effort was both fun and rewarding for all of us."

In 2009 AFTCO Bluewater contributed over $200,000 from Guy Harvey Sportswear sales to the GHOF for their use to help protect, conserve, enhance and better understand the marine resource. This contribution is exclusive of any contributions AFTCO Bluewater will make this year from the sale of all Guy Harvey Sportswear items.

"The response to our two "Save our Gulf" t-shirts has been quite remarkable in a very short period of time," said Guy Harvey. "I truly appreciate all of our retail partners and fans who supported the initiative. There is much research work still to be done to determine the short and long term effect of the oil spill on our fishery resources. The funds raised from the sale of my two Gulf of Mexico designs will go to fund some important fishery research by some of the top Gulf Coast marine researchers."