Posted by Colin on May 23, 2013 under

 

Tony Ludovico is on the forefront of Ocean Conservation.  As an active outdoor enthusiast, he promotes the efforts of preserving our oceans for future generations by capturing the awe and beauty of marine-based species through the art of underwater photography.  Tony works closely with the Pelagic Ocean Conservancy Project in an effort to raise funds and generate awareness of the importance of conserving pelagic gamefish species, while promoting sensible and sustainable recreational fisheries management. 

Through this unique partnership, a collection of limited edition artwork, apparel, and marine inspired products are being offered to ocean enthusiasts around the globe.  For each product purchased that bears the Pelagic Ocean Conservancy Project label, a portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to organizations that are also on the forefront of scientific research, conservation, and recreational fisheries management.

Check out some of Tony’s amazing work below with the excerpts from his Facebook page.  Make sure to visit his website www.TonyLudovico.com, and also “LIKE” him on Facebook www.facebook.com/TONYH2OGallery

 

"Preserving our ocean's resources for future generations to enjoy is the name of the game for the Pelagic Ocean Conservancy Project. Working closely with The Billfish Foundation in this project, I slid in to shoot the successful tag and release of this blue marlin in Costa Rica. The data collected on the recapture and release of this fish will go a long way in the ongoing study of billfish migration and feeding patterns."

 

"Blackfin Tuna my friends... when feeding they are like speeding bullets leaving "smoke" trails of churned up water in their wake."

 

 

"To me, this shot epitomizes the sailfish as a predator. These billfish are incredible hunters, sometimes found feeding in packs as they corral balls of bait near the ocean's surface. When frenzied, sails light up in beautiful colors contrasting blues, purples, and golds against the water's cobalt blue."

 

"Snook are a major part of the inshore fishery of Florida and other shallow water areas down south as far as Central America. With their incredible strength and game-fishing value, these savvy predators are a favorite target of anglers looking for a fantastic fight on light tackle. Sometimes called "Robalo", these fish can also survive in freshwater estuaries."

 

"There are not many animals that are more impressive than the giant bluefin tuna. The sheer enormity of these fish combined with the grace they preserve in their underwater environment is simply a spectacle to behold. Diving in waters no deeper than 100 ft. off Ballantyne's Cove, Nova Scotia, on a film trip with the guys from Pelagic, I was suddenly surrounded by tuna in the 800-1200 lb. range. Then and only then do you realize how small you really are in comparison to these giants... such an amazing experience."

 

"I found this beautiful group of Mahi Mahi while freediving along a weedline in the fertile Pacific waters off of Panama. Debris piles in the offshore waters become floating fish motels for bait and juveniles, attracting the larger apex predators. You just never know what you are going to find down there when the currents collide and debris lines a couple miles long start to build..."

 

"Silver King, Lord of the Shallows, Duke of... well, you get it. The tarpon is a fish that can only be described as one thing: prehistoric. Their giant silver scales are unlike most other fish in the sea and their unique jaw structure is built for feeding on hard-bodied crabs and other crustaceans. These fish can grow to hundreds of pounds and are famous for performing incredible acrobatics when hooked."

 

"Peacock Bass - most famously found in the Amazon River of South America and other regions where tropical freshwater can be found, these fish have also been introduced to areas of the United States like Florida and Hawaii. "Frank", pictured here from an excursion in South Florida, is a smaller model compared to some of the behemoths that roam the waters outside the US."

 

"White Marlin are an open ocean predator favoring deep blue waters far offshore. Found along the coast of the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico, these migratory billfish typically will follow the currents and temperature breaks created by the Gulf Stream. Though, they are much smaller in comparison to their cousin black or blue marlin, whites make up for their "lack of size" with the numbers game, as anglers targeting them can sometimes pull off double-digit releases in a single day. I shot this image as we successfully released a beautiful white marlin off the coast of Destin, FL while visiting the new PELAGIC Store in Harborwalk Village Marina."

 

"Yellowfin Tuna... with their bright colors and prominent sickle fins, it is easy to see where they got their namesake. They are the most prolific of any of the tuna species and are found in oceans worldwide, favoring water over 65 degrees. These schooling fish hunt in packs and feed on squid and baitfish in their open ocean environment, as seen here."

 

You can purchase the collaborative products of Pelagic and Tony Ludovico at:
http://www.pelagicgear.com/shop/ocean-conservancy-project