Boca Grande Community Red Tide Match

The Mote Boca-Grande Partnership

Dr. Eugenie Clark, founding director of the research station that is today Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, opened the doors of the Cape Haze Marine Lab — as it was known back then — in 1955.

Since then, we have been dedicated to preserving our oceans and the sustainability of the animals that call them home. Our scientists are known worldwide for their achievements in marine research — research that is helping us preserve ocean resources for future generations.

And we got our start in Charlotte Harbor —one of the deepest natural inlets in Florida and the center of tarpon reproduction and a way station for the tarpon that make up this famous fishery.

In 2013, Mote returned to our historical home with the goal of reinvigorating our partnership with the community to conserve and protect this famous estuary. We believe that strong science-based conservation programs will play a critical role in preventing further decline in the Harbor’s health and in sustaining and restoring historical fish populations.

Visit our Boca Grande office to learn more about our initiatives in Charlotte Harbor:

Mote - Boca Grande
Email: bocagrande@mote.org
Phone: 941-855-9251
 
480 East Railroad Ave.,
Boca Grande, Fl 33921

Office hours vary by season.

2019 Boca Grande events:

  • Dec. 10, 2019: Coffee with a Scientist. Speaker: Dr. Robert Hueter, Manager of Mote’s Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program. 9 a.m., Woman’s Club Room Boca Grande Community Center. Free. 131 1st Street W., Boca Grande, FL 33921. Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America. RSVP here.
  • Jan. 10: Boca Grande Red Tide Forum. Learn about Florida red tide from leading experts in the field during this free public forum co-hosted by Mote and the Barrier Island Parks Society. 4 p.m. at Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium, 131 1st Street W., Boca Grande, FL 33921. RSVP here.
  • Jan. 14, 2020: Coffee with a Scientist. Speaker is Gretchen Lovewell, Manager of Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program. 9 a.m., Houghton Room at Boca Grande Community Center, 131 1st Street W., Boca Grande, FL 33921. Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America. RSVP here.
  • Feb. 18: Coffee with a Scientist. Speaker is Dr. Jim Locascio, Manager of Mote’s Fisheries Habitat Ecology & Acoustics Program. 9 a.m., Woman’s Club Room at Boca Grande Community Center, 131 1st Street W., Boca Grande, FL 33921. Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America. RSVP here.
  • March 10: Coffee with a Scientist. Speaker is Dr. Erinn Muller, Science Director of Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration. 9 a.m., Woman’s Club Room at Boca Grande Community Center, 131 1st Street W., Boca Grande, FL 33921. Sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America. RSVP here.
  • March TBD: Boca Grande Science Cafe at Scarpa’s Coastal. Speaker is Dr. Phil Gravinese, Mote Postdoctoral Fellow. Time TBD. 321 Park Ave., Boca Grande, FL 33921.
  • April 3: Boca Grande Marine Pollution Forum. Learn about the threats to our watery world from pollution during this free public forum co-hosted by Mote and the Barrier Island Parks Society. 4 p.m. at Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium, 131 1st Street W., Boca Grande, FL 33921. RSVP here.

View the video below and follow along as three men; a high school student, a retiree and a scientist, share the unique history and the current state of one of Florida’s most productive estuaries as well as how it could affect the future of Charlotte Harbor.