Capt. Jerald McDonald Memorial Fund

This memorial fund has been created in honor of Capt. Jerald McDonald. All donations are going to help Gulf Specimen Marine Lab with  the restoration of their research and collection vessel.  

 Established in 1963, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides marine life to schools and research laboratories. We also study endangered species and conduct research in mariculture, farming the edge of the sea. Today we are an integral part of numerous research programs all over the United States, Canada and Europe. 
In 1995, due to continued strong growth in interest and attendance, GSML began a program to more strongly emphasize educational programs for regional schools, aquarium display and public visitation. 
Our sea urchins and sponges have been sent to outer space and have been studied using some of the most sophisticated technology our society has to offer. Yet as modern day “hunter gatherers” we employ many of the simple harvesting techniques that Indians, who subsisted on this bountiful Panhandle coast, used thousands of years ago.
Whether it’s beach combing, digging up creatures on tidal flats, diving or net fishing, we take only what is needed, strive to keep from damaging the fragile marine habitats, and actively oppose pollution and careless coastal development so that the sea will continue to bring forth. Please help us protect the earth which grows such strange and beautiful creatures. Support the preservation and protection of natural area and avoid over consumptive habits.

For more information about Gulf Specimen Marine Lab visit the links below. 

Gulf Specimen  recently purchased a 1997 29' C-Hawk-VS diesel with a cabin. It needs major repairs and upgrades to be a dependable research and collection vessel for our facility.  Without a reliable vessel we can not collect the specimens needed for research that is being conducted at numerous universities, nor do we have the ability to keep our facility full of the amazing animals that people visit us to see. All donations will go directly to the upgrades and repairs listed below. 

2-200 Yamaha Outboard Engines - $11,000 each (total $22,000)
1-Armstrong Gill Bracket-$2500.00
Enclosing back deck and stern for gill brackets and new engines-$3,000
Block and tackle and 2" aluminum rigging-$6,000
Garmin Chartplotter-$1099.99
Side vision sonar-$609.99
Lowrance WM3 SiriusXM Satellite Weather andRadioModule-$699.99

I work for Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and have created this GoFundMe Page at the request of his wife Susan. Considering he spent so much of his time on the water she felt that this would be a great tribute to his life. We will also be renaming the boat the Capt. Jerald McDonald to keep his memory and legacy alive.


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    • $50 
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  • David Garrett 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Tommy Cooke 
    • $100 
    • 51 mos
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    • $100 
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Gsml Jack 
Panacea, FL

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