Become a Citizen Scientist for the day on a Mote Research Charters. We fish for unique species while supporting scientific research and conservation. Charters provide our guests with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help gather data for ongoing research studies.

Anglers unite with scientists to help measure, weigh and tag species, gather data and, in some cases, help collect DNA samples or gather information for photo identification projects. Mote would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to Yellowfin Yachts for their donation to our research vessel fleet!

Targeted Species:

  • Large coastal sharks
  • Spotted eagle rays
  • Snook
  • Permit
  • Goliath grouper
  • Snapper
  • Tarpon
  • Amberjack

Make your reservation now

Call Capt. Dean Dougherty, (941) 388-4441, ext. 358

Choose your Mote Research Charter

Shark Research: Tag and release large coastal sharks.
Spotted Eagle Ray Project: Photographic identification and tagging and release of spotted eagle rays.
Fisheries Research: Fish for tarpon, goliath grouper, snapper, snook, permit and amberjack while helping scientists to learn more about species, migration patterns and restocking methods.

For Non-Anglers

We offer special Coastal Observation Tours for clients interested in a personalized, guided tour of our marine environment. View and learn about our local marine animals while enjoying the ride in a 28 ft. tower boat. See dolphins, manatees, sharks, rays and seabirds.


Full Day: $1350 (5 person maximum).
Half Day: $850 (3 person maximum).
Large Groups: Full Day, $2,200 (10 person maximum).
Coastal Observation Tours: $125 per hour (2 hour minimum; 3 person maximum).

Please Note

Charters are conducted in nearshore and coastal waters of Sarasota and Manatee counties, and they operate from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.
Trips may be cancelled or curtailed at any time due to unsafe boating conditions or weather. All guests/clients agree to indemnify and hold harmless all staff, volunteers and members of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, including all directors and/or officers.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium operates all Research Charters and Coastal Observation Tours in accordance with all state and federal laws and permits.
All fishing is catch and release.

Other ways to support Mote

Donate your boat, truck, car or RV today. For more information or to discuss a donation, please call Dean Dougherty at (941) 374-0102.
Make a donation to research right now. Click here to donate.