Still need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? How about a mako shark?

Specifically, the gift of naming rights for a mako shark can be purchased. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is offering naming rights for a tagged female mako shark swimming off the coast of North Carolina. The shark was tagged in August by researchers with Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute. Funds raised by naming rights will be used for shark research and ocean conservation.

The shark, currently named 170866, has traveled 1,794 miles in the Atlantic. All sharks tagged by Guy Harvey Research Institute can be followed online in near real-time at www.GHRItracking.org.

“This is one of most unique gifts you can give on Valentine’s Day, particularly for that special someone who has everything,” said Greg Jacoski, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation executive director. “While we are having some fun with this, we can’t lose sight of how important these tagged sharks are to our research efforts. They provide invaluable data on their migration patterns and interactions with fisheries. That knowledge is fundamental to managing these species.”

To officially name 170866, contact Jacoski at greg@guyharvey.com or call 954-424-6389. The $5,500 donation to name the shark sponsors the tag which transmits vital data. In addition to the naming rights, the sponsor also receives an official naming certificate and a framed print by noted marine artist Dr. Guy Harvey.

Boat show opens Thursday

The 78th annual Progressive Miami International Boat Show presented by West Marine opens with its Premier Day Thursday at its location at the Miami Marine Stadium and Park on Virginia Key. Tickets Thursday are $40. The show will be open through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Tickets Friday through Monday are $25 for adults.

There will be hundreds of millions of dollars worth of floating inventory on display including scores of boats available for sea trial.

More: Miami Boat Show opens Feb. 14 with more than 1,100 exhibitors

Customs office open

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners announced the opening of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility, at Martin County Airport, 2001 S.E. Airport Road, Stuart. Customs officially opened its doors to aircraft and marine vessels Monday, receiving it’s first customer by air at 11:55 a.m.

“It’s truly exciting,” said Sam Carver, Martin County Airport manager. “This allows Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.”

The 3,200-square-foot facility is operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Funding for the project was provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund.

Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Customers may contact Customs at 772-210-0420 during regular operating hours and after hours at 772-210-0797. Procedures for pilots and boaters as well as user fees can be found at https://www.martin.fl.us/Customs.

SJRWMD Rec Meeting

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 21. The meeting will be at the SJRWMD’s Palm Bay Service Center, Blue Cypress Room, 525 Community College Parkway S.E., Palm Bay. 

Topics at the meeting will include a land management update, an Upper St. Johns River Basin Project update; a recreation update and opportunity for public comment. Any questions or comments can be directed to Brent Bachelder at 386-643-1973 or bbachelder@sjrwmd.com.