Holiday gift guide for ocean lovers

Ring in the holiday SEAson with these fantastic gift ideas from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Your gift will do more than spread some holiday cheer — it will also help support the world-class marine science, education and animal care at Mote, a “homegrown” independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to today's research for tomorrow's oceans.

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Santa Jaws is coming to town!

Mote Aquarium visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the holiday SEAson with Santa Jaws, Mote's mascot Gilly the shark dressed in his holiday best.

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Sustainable seafood project wins Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge

A sustainable seafood initiative won the Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge’s grand prize grant today, Nov. 16, said Gulf Coast Community Foundation leaders in southwest Florida. Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are partners in the winning project, for which they are planning a sustainable fish-farming study, and they will continue to work with their investor and business partners to seek leveraged financial support for three other projects that advanced significantly as Innovation Challenge finalists.

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Sixth Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic a success

International sand sculpting champions were declared today during the sixth annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival, which is drawing thousands to Siesta Public Beach and raising awareness for endangered sea turtles.

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Snook Shindig Fishing Tournament postponed until spring 2016

Based on the advice of Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and their consultations with knowledgeable fishing guides in Sarasota, the 2015 William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig Honoring Captain Scotty Moore, a research-based catch, sample and release tournament, is postponed until spring 2016.

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Mote shark scientist shares updates from major Gulf expedition on M/V OCEARCH

A major shark-research expedition aboard the internationally known M/V OCEARCH tagged four sharks in the Gulf of Mexico as of Nov. 6, says a participating Mote Marine Laboratory scientist who is collecting and studying shark blood samples in this team effort to gather previously unattainable data on these important top predators.

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