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Annual Sharks & Chablis Fundraiser

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Untimely Death of Researcher Leaves Void in Conservationist Community;

Author of “Priceless Florida” Honored at Annual Event

The 4th Annual Sharks & Chablis winetasting fundraiser will honor the life and work of Dr. Anne Rudloe, cofounder of Gulf Specimen who’s passing to cancer in 2012 leaves the Big Bend without one of its foremost activists working to preserve Florida’s fragile ecosystems. The event will be held on May 19 from 2P.M-7 PM. There will be live entertainment, exhibitors, seafood dinner, silent auction, and guided tours of the aquarium. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance or day of the event. For more information call 850 – 984 – 5297 or visit our website All proceeds from this event will go towards continuing our environmental education programs to schools throughout North Florida.

Dr. Rudloe’s history of ecological stewardship stretches back decades, and includes successful battles against land developers hoping to turn hundreds of acres of marine wetlands into golf courses and shopping centers.

Rudloe took the lead on numerous public land acquisition and conservationist efforts, reducing the environmental impact of construction in and near critical wetland areas. She was instrumental in developing the management plan for the Florida Big Bend Aquatic Preserve, the State’s largest aquatic preserve, protecting over 900,000 acres along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Gary Ellis of the Gulf Archeological Research Institute describes the vital area as, “a natural dynamic system that has supported indigenous Floridians for millennia and continues today… [It] should continue to be the focus of our best conservation and protection efforts.”

She was the cofounder of Gulf Specimen Marine Lab. Gulf Specimen is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit  environmental education center located in Panacea Florida about 45 min. from Tallahassee. It offers a unique hands-on Aquarium experience to individuals that come through our facility. We have over 20,000 different species of sea life that are native to the Gulf of Mexico. With over 20,000 school kids and adults visiting our facility each year we pride ourselves on teaching environmental education and protection of Marine ecosystems. We are also one of the oldest sea turtle rehab facilities in Florida. We have a mobile exhibit that goes into schools throughout North Florida and South Georgia that teaches children how they can help protect sea turtles.

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