In the U.S., we import 91 percent of the seafood consumed by Americans, leading to a $10 billion trade deficit. At the same time, saltwater fishing in Florida generates an estimated $6.1 billion in revenues annually. 

Mote Marine Laboratory recognized the need to develop and increase domestic aquaculture production to provide new sources of fish for human consumption and to restock species that are being depleted because of habitat destruction and overfishing. To achieve this goal, Mote Scientific Foundation purchased 200 acres of land in 2001 to be developed into the Mote Aquaculture Park (MAP). In 2006, ownership of MAP was transferred to Mote Marine Laboratory.

At MAP, we are focused on fresh and saltwater aquaculture and developing the technologically advanced systems needed to ensure environmentally sound practices. We focus on closed-loop production methods known as recirculating aquaculture.

Research Programs

About Mote Aquaculture Park

  • Construction began in 2001
  • Today, we have the largest research facility in the U.S. focused on developing recirculating aquaculture methods
  • We have more than 125,000 square feet of freshwater and marine production facilities —  about 15 acres of buildings on our 200 acre farm
  • These facilities contain state-of-the-art research, pilot- and commercial-scale recirculating production systems