Shark Days at Mote: a success!

Mote Marine Laboratory extends a huge thank you to all who came out to celebrate the first Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science.

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Mote and FWC release snook into acclimation enclosures in Sarasota Bay

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, scientists of Mote Marine Laboratory and Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) placed hatchery-reared juvenile snook into acclimation enclosures in Sarasota Bay – and will release the fish into the wild from the enclosures on Friday, Aug. 14 – as part of an ongoing research project focused on finding the most effective methods to replenish and enhance wild snook populations.

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Dolphin treated and released by Mote seen in wild with new calf

“Ginger,” a bottlenose dolphin rehabilitated at Mote Marine Laboratory, was observed with a calf that appears to be her first baby on Aug. 6 in Sarasota Bay by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), which has monitored Ginger since her birth to a well-known resident Sarasota Bay dolphin, including the period since her successful return to the wild in 2009. Photo caption: Ginger, a Sarasota Bay resident bottlenose dolphin rehabilitated and released by Mote Marine Lab, swims with a calf that appears to be her first baby on Aug. 6 in Sarasota Bay. The "2" on her dorsal fin is an identification marking - much like a medical ID bracelet - placed by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, which has monitored Ginger since birth and documented that she has been thriving after rehabilitation. (Credit: Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. Photo taken under NMFS Permit No. 15543.)

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Publix presents Mote with grant for marine science education

Publix Super Markets Charities presented a $13,500 grant to Mote Marine Laboratory Thursday, Aug. 7, to help underserved children in the Sarasota area participate in Mote’s professionally developed, informal and entertaining marine science education programs.

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Mote reminds public to report sea turtle nests, hatchlings in need

With the recent stormy weather in Southwest Florida, Mote Marine Lab has responded to reports of storm-damaged sea turtle nests and hatchlings washing ashore in Longboat Key through Venice, where Mote monitors sea turtle activities each day of nesting season, May 1-Oct. 31. The weather has recently calmed, but Mote scientists continue to share tips on what to do if you have questions about a nest or hatchlings.

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Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge: Mote projects make finals

Five finalist projects have been selected in the Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge – and four of them include Mote leaders or partners. Mote is participating in the finalist projects "Cancer Therapies from Sharks," "Antibiotics from the Sea," "Advanced Solar-powered Filtration Technology for Marine and Freshwater" and "Healthy Earth - Gulf Coast: Sustainable Seafood System."

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American Elasmobranch Society establishes Eugenie Clark Award

Dr. Eugenie Clark — the world-famous "Shark Lady" who founded Mote Marine Laboratory — was a visionary researcher and a trailblazer for women in science, especially the study of sharks and other fishes. To honor the memory of Clark, who passed away at age 92 on Feb. 25., and to continue inspiring scientists studying elasmobranchs — sharks, skates and rays — the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) in conjunction with Save Of Seas Foundation and Mote, have established the Eugenie Clark Award.

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Aquaponic fish and veggies make their dinner table debut

From farm-to-fork, sea vegetables and red drum, a saltwater fish species, grown at Mote Aquaculture Park (MAP) using aquaponics – raising seafood while using the wastewater to fertilize salt-loving crops – are making their way into Southwest Florida’s eco-friendly food scene.

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