DYNASTY MARINE ASSOCIATES, INC.

As ardent supporters of the influential world of public aquariums, Dynasty Marine's technical staff pursues the goal of effectively serving its aquarist customers by discovering, acquiring and acclimating difficult-to-capture sea creatures of all sizes for public display.

Dynasty's deep-water divers, experienced collectors and lab technicians specialize in rare marine acquisitions.

With more than 30 years of technical know-how in aquarium keeping, fish collecting and breeding, commercial mariculture, and deep-water diving, marine biologist Forrest A. Young leads a dedicated team of divers, husbandry experts, and transport specialists possessing major agency certifications.

From Navy SEAL-style mixed gas rebreathers to the 42' Katrina, our custom-made ocean-going catamaran and 23' custom pontoon skiff, Dynasty's collecting team constantly strives for the technical innovation necessary to achieve its goal of providing healthy specimens like the Bonnethead Shark (Sphyrna tiburo), Sand Bar Shark (C. plumbeus), and Blacknose Shark (Carcharhinus acronotus).

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

Custom Collections
We offer the services of our custom 42' Katrina.  Please contact sales@dynastymarine.net for more information.

Marine Consulting
Forrest A. Young, B.S., M.S., is available to consult on many topics related to tropical marine aquaculture and large animal collections at a daily rate.  Additional consultants for very deep diving expeditions are also available per your needs and requirements.  Please contact us for rates.

Special Services
Dynasty Marine is happy to use its years of experience to assist you in booking charter aircraft deliveries of large animals and animal permit application with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  Please inquire if we may be of special assistance in facilitating your animal acquisitions.


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Mobula hypostoma, High Quality Marine Life


Our History

High Quality Marine Life

 Dynasty Marine Associates has been supplying public aquariums, research institutions and pet stores for over a quarter of a century, with the highest quality Florida and Caribbean marine livestock that is available.

With more than 60 years of hands-on expertise in aquarium keeping, fish collecting, marine fish breeding and deep-water diving, director Forrest Young and Operations Manager Ben Daughtry, who joined the company in 1988, lead a team of dedicated divers, husbandry experts, key administrators and transport specialists to create the most diverse inventory of Caribbean and Florida marine life in the world.

Get To Know Us

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We ship weekly on a worldwide basis to any destination serviced by cargo aircraft or road service.  We own and operate our own ground based delivery system for large marine animals including adult sharks, stingrays and large fishes.
 

We can handle any job from a few boxes of tropical marine species to a full 747 charter.  Technical innovation and efficient integration of talent are keywords in our organization.


 We are a USDA supervised facility and are active members in the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the European Union of Aquarium Curators (EUAC), and the Animal Transportation Association (ATA).


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TEAM DYNASTY

Forrest Young, Director Emeritus

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 Forrest Young founded Dynasty Marine in 1983.  He has over 30 years experience with fish collecting and breeding, deep-water diving, and aquarium keeping.  As head of the company, Forrest overseas all sales and daily operations, and is involved in all tasks both great and small.

Forrest is originally from Allentown, PA.  He studied Biological Sciences at East Stroudsburg University, receiving his B.S. in 1976 and his M.S. in 1978.  He moved to the Keys in 1978 and has been in the industry ever since! 

Ben Daughtry, President

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Ben coordinates daily operations at Dynasty Marine and is in charge of marine life collections and new project development.  He first started working at Dynasty in 1988 as a box boy, and returned in 1995 after finishing college.  He became an official business partner in 1998. 

Along with working at Dynasty, Ben is a representative for Marine Life Commercial Fishery on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.  He is also the VP of the Florida Marine Life Association. 

Ben is a native Conch, born in Key West and raised in Marathon.  He received his Bachelor's degree from Florida State University in 1995.  He lives in the Keys with his wife and two sons.


Bucky Wile, VP of Dive Operations

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Bucky manages the dive crew and organizes collections every week.  He started at Dynasty in September 2001 as a box boy before joining the dive crew in 2005 as a junior diver. 

​Bucky was born in Louisville, Kentucky and lived there until his family moved to Marathon in 1999.  He graduated from Marathon High School in 2004.

Frank Young, VP of Sales

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 Frank was born and raised in the Keys and the ocean has always been a huge part of his life.
 His father, Forrest, introduced him to seamanship, diving and fishing at an early age. 

At age 14, he scrounged up enough spare cash to purchase a 13' Boston Whaler, and after that he was hooked.  Over the years he has progressed to much larger vessels, and his passion for the ocean has grown.

After college, Frank found his way back to Dynasty after a few less than perfect jobs.  He rejoined the Dynasty team in August 2012 as Sales Manager and is also part of the dive team.  

Juan Bernal, Lab Manager

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Juan joined the Dynasty team in January 2009.  As Lab Manager, he maintains best practices in animal husbandry that result in consistent output of high quality stocks.

Juan is originally from Colombia.  While there, he received his B.S. in Marine Biology from the JTL University of Bogota and was involved in several eco-friendly reef diving and education programs.  Juan moved to the Keys in 2000 to work for a breeding aquaculture facility.  He then went on to receive his M.B.A. from University of Phoenix.

​Juan currently lives in Marathon with his wife and daughter, along with their dog and cat.

Sandy Vogel, Office Manager

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Dynasty welcomed Sandy on board in March 2014 to take over the accounting and day to day operations of the front office.  She is in charge of accounts payable/receivable and oversees daily office operations.

Before joining the Dynasty team, Sandy spent 18 years in the manufacturing industry doing many different positions, including accounting, customer service, and managing plant operations.  She is originally from Mississippi, and greatly enjoys her Florida Keys home.  She loves the ocean, boating, fishing and snorkeling year round!

Pam Jackson, Logistics

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 Pam was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and recently "retired" to Marathon.  She is our Customer Service and Logistics Coordinator. 

Her daily duties consist of receiving and processing customers’ orders, working with our sales force and managing the logistics of all customer shipments. She has been on the Dynasty team since May 2016.  

Jonathan Schrier

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 Jonathan Schrier was born in Florida and grew up in Curacao. He has been diving and collecting fish his whole life. His father is a fish collector for the past 45 years. Jonathan helps with collections of specimens and does different tasks around the property.   

Kyle Nichter

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 Kyle is originally from Indiana, where he studied mechanical engineering.  His previous work was with hot rods and muscle cars.  He joined Dynasty in December 2015 as a fish collector / diver and helps with special projects around Dynasty. 

Eric Wink

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 Eric was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where he attended Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and achieved a bachelor’s degree in marine science in 2014. He began working with Dynasty in June 2014 as a Transport Specialist and a Diver. His daily tasks vary from diving / collecting to transporting fish all over the country, as well as general labor around Dynasty. 

Mike Walsh

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Mike joined the Dynasty team in April 2018.  He is part of the dive team, helping with collections and
animal transports.

Originally from Massachusetts, Mike attended the University of New Hampshire where he received a BS degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology.  He has loved fishing since he was a toddler and hopes to one day have his 100 ton license.  He is passionate about conservation and all wildlife.

Joe Hernandez

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Joe joined the team in February 2019.  He works as part of the dive team and as a fish collector.

He has an ADCI Commercial Diver Certification and previously worked as a commercial diver for a marine construction company. After spending most of his life in Alabama, Joe now calls "The Keys" his home.


Travis Lowke, Sales

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 Travis graduated from the University of Florida with a BS degree in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation.  As a Florida native, he enjoys being on and in the water. Travis has taught SCUBA and is an avid cave diver.  

He joined the Dynasty sales team in October 2017, working with both Domestic and International customers.

Shay Kashey, Aquarist I

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Shay is originally from Edinboro, PA and joined the Dynasty team in March 2019. 

She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Thiel College and her master's  degree in Marine Biology at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia.

Katie Ferrero, Aquarist I

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Katie graduated Albion College where she majored in biology.  

She joined the Dynasty team October 2019. As an Aquarist, she helps to maintain life support systems and performs husbandry duties for our marine life. 

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MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Heath Laetari Memorial Scholarship

Heath Jens Laetari, 28 years old, Vice President of Dive Operations, Partner & Acquisition Manager for Dynasty Marine, was lost at sea on Thursday, September 14th, 2006, doing what he loved to do.  

Heath was born in Wichita, Kansas on July 5th, 1978.  At age 3 months, he took his first swim lessons at the YMCA with Mom & Dad. After moving to rural Sedgewick County, he attended St. Marks Grade School, and at age 13 earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification, and fell in love with the ocean.  He went on to Andale High in Andale, Kansas, where he lettered in wrestling, football, and track, and earned his lifeguard certificate, graduating in 1996.  In 1997 he took additional training to earn his PADI Dive Master rating, and began work on his degree in Marine Biology at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.  He completed work on his degree at Nova Southeastern, Dania, Florida.  

In 2001, Heath accepted a position with Dynasty Marine.  In 2003, after much additional training from Dynasty personnel and others, he was promoted to VP of Dive Operations, and later became Acquisition Manager.  In 2004, Heath met the love of his life Summer Boggs, whom he married on May 20th of this year.  Heath is survived by his wife Summer of Marathon; Goddaughter Katie Black of Marathon; Grandfather E.O. Laetari of Wichita, Kansas; The only son of Val & Jane Laetari of Goddard, Kansas/Marathon, Florida; Patti Boggs & David Oser, Mother-and-Father-In-Law of Marathon; very close dive associates: Forrest Young, Ben Daughtry, Larry Wright, Frank Young, and Bucky Wile, along with the rest of the Dynasty Marine team; and a long list of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and close friends scattered in at least 7 states.

The Health Laetari Endowed Scholarship for Marine Biology was established in 2007 by Val and Jane Laetari in memory of their son, Heath Jens Laetari.  Spendable income from the Heath Laetari Endowed Scholarship for Marine Biology provides scholarship support to Southwestern College students based on the following: 1) Current Southwestern College students majoring in Marine Biology or 2) Those admitted to study at Southwestern College with an interest in studying Marine Biology who have demonstrated such credentials or associations with marine or marine-related activities and/or studies or underwater diving certifications - an aquarist.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:


2017-18  Mr Lucas McMichael

2016-17  Mr Kaleb Ervin

2015-16  Ms Mihaela Evans

2014-15  Mr Elija Rodda

2013-14  Ms Tyler Harrell and Mr Elija Rodda

2012-13  Mr Carlos Enrique Cruz

2011-12  Mr Carlos Enrique Cruz

2010-11  Miss Genaye Reannon Domenico

2009-10  Miss Genaye Reannon Domenico



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For more information about the Marine Biology major at Southwestern College, click below


or contact:               

     DeAnn Dockery                 

     VP for Institutional Advancement

     Southwestern College

     100 College Street

      Winfield, KS 67156-2499 

      deann.dockery@sckans.edu 


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Dynasty Marine Associates, Inc.

(305) 743-2247