Mote’s SeaTrek.TV Interactive receives prestigious award

Mote Marine Laboratory’s digital learning program, SeaTrek.TV Interactive, earned the highest award in educational, interactive videoconferencing, the Pinnacle Award, for the 2016-2017 school year from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC).

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Mote launches new online game called “Who Wants to be a Sea Star?”

Do you love trivia? Mote Marine Laboratory recently launched a new online game called "Who Wants to be a Sea Star?" on This game was originally created for Mote’s Oh Baby! exhibit.  This fun interactive game is an expanded version of what is currently on display at Mote and is fin-tastic for ocean enthusiasts.

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Mote to announce the election of 2017-19 officers and new trustees

Mote Marine Laboratory’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the election of Robert A. Essner as Chairman of the Board, James D. Ericson as Vice-Chairman, and Nigel Mould as Secretary, as well as new Trustees Charles R. Smith and Sandra Stuart. Retired LTG Howard G. Crowell, a Trustee since 2005 serving on Executive and Governance Committees and as Chair of the Finance Committee, has been re-elected as Treasurer. Dr. Michael P. Crosby will continue in his Officer position as President & CEO and G. Lowe Morrison will continue his Trustee service, now as Immediate Past-Chairman.

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Expedition New York - Learning more about white shark nurseries

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists have joined the latest OCEARCH expedition to study great white sharks off New York, with the hope of encountering juvenile sharks to better understand the lives of these important top predators. In 2016, OCEARCH and a team of participating scientists tagged nine young-of-the-year white sharks (popularly known as great white sharks) during Expedition Montauk in 2016. During this year’s Expedition New York, Aug. 5-25, the team will work to expand their sample size to complete the North Atlantic White Shark Study, which began in 2012. The sample site for this year’s study will be just off of Long Island, New York, where the researchers have confirmed the first known nursery – and likely birthing site – for great white sharks in the Northwest Atlantic.  

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Registration now open - 2017 William R. Mote Memorial Teach-A-Kid Fishing & Ecology Clinic and Snook

Registration is now open for the 2017 William R. Mote Memorial Teach-A-Kid Fishing and Ecology Clinic and Snook Shindig, a research-based catch, sample, and release tournament.  The children’s clinic, open to the public, is set to take place on Saturday, September 23rd and the Snook Shindig will be an event spanning two days, Friday evening through Saturday, October 6 – 7, 2017.

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Podcast: Marine educator says: Science + you = impact

Did you know that young people have real power in their families’ environmental choices? Did you know that marine science education is within reach, even if you don’t live near the ocean or an aquarium? In this episode, Joe and Hayley discuss these topics and much more with Aly Busse, Assistant Vice President for Education at Mote. Busse’s childhood in rural New Jersey – “cow country” – might seem distant from her current job leading an ocean education team, but she was driven by her fascination for marine science and found a career translating science for the wider world. In today's connected world, more of us can be like Aly – putting scientific knowledge to good use for our oceans. Everyone can check out for Mote's Florida-based and digital learning programs. Teachers can check out upcoming professional development workshops here. For educational fun, play "Who Wants to Be A Sea Star?" on Mote's website. (Click the link and then scroll down for the game.)


Sea turtle nests and storms: Update and tips

Tropical Storm Emily has come and gone, and Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program is currently documenting its impacts on sea turtle nesting on beaches in Mote’s monitoring area, Longboat Key through Venice. Documenting storm impacts and nesting activity during the storm will likely take more than a week. Mote scientists are documenting which nests are present, re-posting marking stakes if they have been washed away and collecting data about the current status of nests, while continuing their regular monitoring of new nests and hatches.

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