Kim Fisher carries on his father's tradition, starting each day with an encouraging "Today's the Day" for his family, crews and staff. He continues Mel's unwavering quest for lost treasures and the constant pursuit and development of new treasure hunting techniques, as well as maintaining a world-class conservation laboratory to ensure that the treasures live on for generations.
|TAFFI FISHER ABT|
Taffi Fisher Abt is the youngest child of World Famous Treasure Hunters Mel and Dolores Fisher. She has worked in various
aspects of the family businessand serves on the Board of Directors for the Fisher Family enterprises. She
was the President of Mel Fisher Center, Inc., directed the 1715 Fleet East Coast Shipwreck Project and oversees the Mel Fisher's
Treasure Museum as well as the Conservation Laboratory in Sebastian, Florida.
Gary started working for Mel Fisher in 1995 and became the Captain of the 90' salvage vessel "J.B. Magruder" on December 1, 1995, a mere eleven months after signing on to its crew as a diver. On his first trip as captain, they recovered a gold coin and a gold chain - which was the best gift this talented young captain could hope for on his December 11th birthday! People who work with Gary have said on many occasions, he is definitely not afraid to make the sacrifices it takes to pursue his dreams.
In 2002, Gary shifted his focus to running the survey vessel "Huntress" and developing the computer controlled survey equipment and mapping programs in an effort to help locate the remaining structure and cargo of the "Atocha" and "Margarita." He has personally surveyed thousands of miles of sea bottom using magnetometers, side scan sonar and sub-bottom profilers as well as processing the raw data to create detailed charts of the results.
In recent years Gary has been honing his skills as the Expedition Leader for a number of ultra-deep water missions to locate historic shipwreck sites in water depths beyond 5000 meters. He has planned, budgeted and executed the largest deep ocean side scan survey for historic period shipwrecks ever done. Most recently he's led multiple expeditions to locate and identify a number of these targets using remotely operated vehicles to locate, document and successfully recover artifacts from these ultra-deep shipwrecks. Admiralty actions under the laws of salvage and finds have been successful on these recoveries in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Gary is currently leading the design and engineering team that constructed "Dolores", a 1000m rated HAUV (hybrid autonomous underwater vehicle) that has been custom built for the search and identification of historic shipwrecks. He has had hands-on experience in assembling, testing and piloting this amazing vehicle and will continue to develop its capabilities going forward.
Gary is extremely well liked and highly respected by all who work with him. He and his wife Linda have become a much-loved and integral part of the Mel Fisher family.