Guy Harvey Designed Outback Bowl Shirt Sales to Help Restore Oyster Habitats
Guy Harvey-Designed Outback Bowl T-ShirtSales to Help Restore Oyster Habitats in Tampa Bay
TAMPA, FL-DECEMBER 11,2013- The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) announced today it will pledgea portion of its revenues from 2014 Outback Bowl
t-shirt sales tohelp rebuild critical oyster populations in coastal areas of Tampa Bay.
This is the fifth consecutive year the Outback Bowl haschosen Guy Harvey to design the game's official program cover and t-shirt. This year, the GHOF through Native SunSports, the Outback Bowl's official merchandiser, has pledged $1 from the saleof each Guy Harvey Outback Bowl t-shirt to Tampa Bay Watch, Inc., a non-profitorganization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the marine andwetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary.
"We are grateful to once again be working with the OutbackBowl to create the official design for use on their program and Bowl t-shirtfor what has become one of the country's most exciting bowl games to watch," saidSteve Stock, President of Guy Harvey Inc. and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation."This year we will give back to the community through a program that not onlytouches the heart of our mission to support marine science research, but is amodel for successful community outreach and education."
Tampa Bay Watch and its oyster restoration program haverestored natural shorelines and improved water quality in parts of TampaBay. The group's strong education andgrassroots community outreach draws thousands of volunteers.
Dr. Guy Harvey, celebrated internationally for his marinewildlife artwork and his support of many ocean conservation initiatives, iscounting on support from Outback Bowl fans to help raise awareness and funds bypurchasing an official Guy Harvey-designed Outback Bowl T-Shirt.
"Tampa Bay is the largest open water estuaryin the state of Florida and is designated as an estuary of national significance,"said Harvey, who holds a Ph. D in marine biology. "I'm honored to be able tohelp support the efforts of Tampa Bay Watch, which has played a key role inmobilizing the Tampa community to participate in restoration and conservationactivities."
Monies raised through the t-shirt give backprogram will be dedicated to Tampa shorelines to provide habitats foroysters. Also called Reef Balls, theoyster domes allow oysters to attach to a hard structure so they may grow intoadults.
According to Tampa Bay Watch, oystercommunities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fishand wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bayecosystem. These newly created oyster bars and seawall reefs benefit Tampa Bayin many ways. They promote water quality benefits through biological filteringof the water (one adult oyster can filter up to 10 gallons of water per hour),provide habitat for small organisms, prevent further erosion, and createforaging areas and sanctuary for many species of fish and wildlife.
The oyster domes-24" in diameter, 18" talland weighing approximately 100 lbs., have been an integral part of Tampa BayWatch's restoration programs for years and have been previously installed alongBayshore Blvd., MacDill Air Force Base and Ballast Point Park. Tampa Bay Watch has built and installed over11,000 oyster domes throughout Tampa Bay since the program began in 2000.
Guy Harvey-designed Outback Bowl T-Shirtsare available online at www.OutbackBowlGear.com. Official t-shirts will also be availableat all Outback Bowl pre-events, including Beach Day and Ybor Blast; MarriottWaterside and Hyatt Grande Hotels; 25 gameday locations at Raymond JamesStadium and across from the ticket window on Tom McEwen Blvd., Raymond JamesStadium beginning Dec. 30; and other select retailers around the Tampa area,including Lids Locker Room.
About Guy Harvey
Guy Harvey is a marine wildlifeartist and conservationist who earned a Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology. Hisdepictions of marine life, especially of sportfish such as marlin, are verypopular with sport fishermen and have been reproduced in prints, posters,t-shirts, jewelry, clothing, and other consumer items. Harvey is also a veryvocal and active advocate for marine conservation, having established the GuyHarvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale,Florida as well as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, an organization that fundsmarine conservation research and educational initiatives.
About Tampa BayWatch, Inc.
Tampa Bay Watch, Inc. is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and restorationof the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary throughscientific and educational programs. Incorporated in 1993, Tampa Bay Watchperforms habitat restoration and protection activities throughout the year,relying heavily on the efforts of community volunteers. Tampa Bay Watch is thefirst organization of its kind in the southeastern United States and has provenhighly effective in mobilizing the Tampa Bay community to participate inrestoration and conservation activities. Individuals from community groups,scout troops, public and private schools, places of worship and otherassociations have participated in salt marsh plantings, storm drain markings,coastal cleanups, wildlife rescue and resource monitoring, all of whichdemonstrate environmental activism in its purest form.