Shark lady to be honored at Palm Island Resort

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This is the first part in a series regarding the Exclusive Ocean CREST Alliance Fundraiser Banquet, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6. The cost per person is $1,000 for a “Snook” pass (limited to 150 people) and $1,500 for a “Tarpon” pass (limited to 50 people).

To purchase tickets, go to oceancrestalliance.org. To adopt your MPA now, go to adoptampa.org. All proceeds are tax-deductible and benefit ocean conservation organizations Ocean Crest Alliance, Mission Blue, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Mote Marine Laboratory and NOAA.

SUBMITTED BY THE OCEAN CREST ALLIANCE – Blazing trails for women in science; inspiring generations of people from ocean experts to school children; swimming with sharks to learn about them; and founding a world-class marine laboratory that turned 60 in 2015 — this is a snapshot of the life and legacy of Dr. Eugenie Clark.

“Genie” Clark, the famous “Shark Lady” who founded Mote Marine Laboratory in Southwest Florida, is being remembered in a Special Tribute, and you are invited to attend.

Clark, an ichthyologist, was a world authority on fishes, particularly sharks and tropical sand fishes. A courageous diver and explorer, Clark conducted 72 submersible dives as deep as 12,000 feet and led over 200 field research expeditions to the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba, Caribbean, Mexico, Japan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Thailand, Indonesia and Borneo to study sand fishes, whale sharks, deep sea sharks and spotted oceanic triggerfish. She wrote three books and more than 175 articles, including research publications in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Science and a dozen popular stories in National Geographic magazine.

In 1955, Clark started the one-room Cape Haze Marine Laboratory in Placida, Fla., with her fisherman assistant and with philanthropic support and hearty encouragement from the Vanderbilt family. The Lab thrived in partnership with its community and became Mote Marine Laboratory in 1967 to honor major benefactor William R. Mote. Today the Lab is based on City Island, Sarasota, and it hosts 24 diverse marine research and conservation programs, education programs for all ages and a major public aquarium. The Lab has six campuses in Florida and more than 200 staff, including scientists who work in oceans surrounding all seven continents.

Clark joined the zoology faculty at the University of Maryland in 1968, and she officially retired in 1992. She returned to Mote in 2000 as Senior Scientist and Director Emerita and later became a Trustee. There, she continued to build upon and champion the groundbreaking research that she started 60 years ago.

After carrying out a distinguished career spanning almost 75 years, raising four children and inspiring countless scientists, students and others, Clark will be remembered for her legacy of amazing discoveries and their ripple effects around the world.

Eugenie’s youngest son, Tak Konstantinou, will say some special words about his mother, followed by a short film produced by Mote Marine Laboratory on Eugenie’s legacy.

Come join us at The Ocean CREST Alliance – Palm Island Resort Fundraiser, while we will bring together great champions in environmental, civic, and philanthropic endeavors as we honor people and our oceans.

Don your best and most elegant island attire and join us for this first annual OCA -Palm Island Fundraiser themed: “Your Life, Your Legacy – Adopt A MPA.”

Mingle with some of the most amazing people on the planet … featuring an “A” list of ocean leadership: filmmakers, photographers, artists, scientists, deep sea explorers, ocean ambassadors, inspirational leaders and many other notable guests.

For details how you can attend please visit: oceancrestalliance.org/Palm-Island-2016/

This is an event you do not want to miss. We hope to see you there!