Mote Marine Laboratory is grateful to acknowledge the recent receipt of funds for red tide research from area restaurants and supporters. On September 25, Mote President & CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, accepted a check from the Save Our Shores Long Table event alongside local restaurant owners. The $25,000 in proceeds from the event were split between Mote and START (Solution to Avoid Red Tide).

The Save Our Shores Long Table event was hosted on the beautiful beach of Anna Maria Island in front of the Sandbar Pavillion on August 26. The hosting restaurants included Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Sandbar Restaurant, Swordfish Grill, Blue Marlin, Dry Dock, Seafood Shack, The Waterfront Restaurant. The event was also sponsored by VISIT FLORIDA and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Dinner included five courses with beer & wine.

“As local business owners, we recognize the important value Mote Marine Laboratory’s red tide research brings to our region,” stated Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner John Horne. “We are happy to be able to come together as a community to support Mote and their research.”

“Mote is thrilled to have such dedicated support from our local business owners and community members,” said Dr. Crosby. “Addressing red tide and furthering our research requires decisive action, and the fact that these businesses were able to come together quickly to put on this event while raising significant funds proves that we do indeed have some of the most passionate community leaders, dedicated to supporting the marine environment we all depend on.”