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:
Office hours vary by season.
2019 Boca Grande Outreach Office Events
January 9: Dr. Kevan Main, Senior Scientist and Director of Mote Aquaculture Research Park
February 13: Dr. Jim Locascio, Staff Scientist and Manager of the Fisheries Habitat Ecology and Acoustics Program
March 13: Dr. Vince Lovko, Staff Scientist and Manager of the Phytoplankton Ecology Program
April 10: Kim Hull, Staff Scientist, Sarasota Dolphin Research Program and Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program
View the below video 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.