News from Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

Dear friends,

New and exciting things are happening at the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory. Miranda Manning, one of our newer employees at the aquarium has been working with some of the top people in Seahorse aquaculture and is on her way to starting up our new hatchery. She’s very enthusiastic and shows a true love for the sea horses. We expect big things from her in the years to come.

Dr. Anne Rudloe is teaching her second class for members and volunteers at the aquarium on Friday, February 25 at 7pm. The class will feature Dr. Rudloe’s extensive knowledge of Marine estuaries. Approximately 90% of all marine spp harvested by sport and commercial fishermen depend on estuaries to complete their life cycles. Some use the estuary as a nursery and live offshore as adults, some are totally estuarine. There will be no charge for members and volunteers. If you are not currently a member you can join for $35/individual $60/family and take our classes, get our newsletter, receive an annual pass and join the members annual field trip. For a demonstration on the book, Priceless Florida, written by Dr. Ann please visit the following link:

It’s been a whole year since our last Sharks and Chablis wine tasting fundraiser. It is time to start planning once again. Last year was a great success with over 400 people in attendance and generous funds were raised to replace our redfish building. The grand opening of the building will be during this year’s Sharks and Chablis. Cypress Rudloe is currently looking for sponsors for the event. If you would be interested in being a sponsor please call Cypress at 850-984-5297 or 850-445-8618.