Mote receives prestigious new grant to establish Center of Excellence

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, is extremely pleased to announce that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted a three-year, $1.5-million award for Mote to serve as the lead institution for establishing the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): Marine Science Laboratory Alliance Center of Excellence (MarSci-LACE).

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Name a satellite-tagged sea turtle!

Mote has tagged a record-breaking seven green sea turtles with satellite trackers. Support this research while getting the chance to name the turtle! 

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Global threat to sharks highlighted in Nature paper co-authored by Mote scientists

A new study in the prestigious, peer-reviewed, scientific journal Nature reveals that major high seas fishing activities overlap significantly with important shark hotspots worldwide. The study included 150 scientists from 26 countries who combined their knowledge and data from nearly 2,000 satellite-tagged sharks. Co-authors from Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research have tracked white, bull, hammerhead, whale and multiple other shark species with satellite tags over decades of conservation-focused science, some in collaboration with research partner OCEARCH.

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Podcast: Helping snook rebound after red tide

After red tide caused serious fish kills along the Gulf of Mexico in 2018, three fish-friendly organizations joined forces in a science-based effort to help the popular sportfish common snook rebound faster in certain hard-hit areas. Mote Marine Laboratory, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) launched the Adopt-A-Snook program allowing the public to donate toward raising and releasing juvenile snook in a fisheries enhancement effort based on more than two decades of research. In this episode of “Two Sea Fans,” Mote Staff Scientist Dr. Ryan Schloesser tells hosts Hayley and Joe how many snook have been raised and released with special tags, and how often the snook been detected by scientific equipment since release. The answer might surprise you!


Take a bite out of lionfish

The Sarasota community gathered at Mote Marine Laboratory to “take a bite out of lionfish”, as part of a bigger effort to reduce lionfish populations while monitring and studying the invasion. 

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