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Founder of Red Tide Relief Establishes Endowed Fund at FGCU for Student Research Projects on Red Tide

FORT MYERS, FL - Red Tide Relief, founded by Quinn Ruelle, today established an endowed fund at Florida Gulf Coast University for student research projects on red tide.

The initial contribution of $20,000 creates the Red Tide Relief Endowed Fund that will be used to fund undergraduate and graduate student research projects on red tide.

In addition to the endowment, Red Tide Relief made a $30,000 donation to help create wet labs at the new FGCU Vester/Marine Science site in Bonita Springs.

The founder of Red Tide Relief, Ruelle got involved with red tide after experiencing its effects first hand in 2003. Consequently, he established the Ecological Research and Action Foundation, d.b.a. Red Tide Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and promoting the prevention of red tide. The organization's purpose is to support research on the causes of red tide and to develop appropriate prevention measures and interventions to mitigate or prevent red tide. The group seeks to establish partnerships between similar organizations to support education programs and projects.

"Red Tide Relief recognizes the commitment of FGCU to marine biology research and Dr. Aswani's ongoing commitment to environmental projects like the acclaimed oyster bed reseeding projects. They have proven they are the best partner to make an impact to the southwest Florida aquatic environment. Their latest Bonita Springs facility will provide them direct access to monitor and analyze the local bays and estuaries," said Ruelle.

Red Tide Relief is supported through donations of various overstocked consumer electronics which are sold below cost. The proceeds are then donated to partners like FGCU that further the goal of improving the southwest Florida aquaculture. Visit for more information about how to donate.

For more information, media representatives should contact director of Major Gifts in Advancement Darlene McCloud at (239) 590-7638.

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