Podcast: Sponge vs. coral vs. seaweed… and other biogeochemical battles

Can you say “biogeochemistry” three times quickly? Great: Now can you define it?  In this episode, Dr. Heather Page helps Hayley and Joe get their heads around this important subject, which affects all life whether you’re in a forest or on a coral reef!  Heather, a Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow, wants to understand how one biogeochemical issue, ocean acidification, affects corals, sponges and seaweeds that fight for space on the ocean bottom. It’s not exactly a boxing match, but this silent competition must be understood to help scientists make predictions about our planet’s future, when biogeochemistry shifts could mean a very different ocean.

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Mascot race ‘warms up’ community for Mote’s Run for the Turtles

On March 6, a bull, cat, cow, pirate, sea turtle, shark and shoe — all costumed mascots —raced on Siesta Key to raise awareness for Mote Marine Laboratory’s Run for the Turtles. This year was not a close race due to the University of South Florida's Rocky D. Bull, taking the race by the horns and winning.

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Mote to host week-long coral restoration workshop in Florida Keys

Mote Marine Laboratory will host a five-day coral restoration workshop in the Florida Keys, providing hands-on intensive training in Mote’s signature coral fragmentation process, along with knowledge about coral larval settlement and survival in a land-based nursery and proper monitoring of outplanted coral.

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Podcast: Florida reefs are our sanctuary, says conservation leader

Sarah Fangman, Superintendent of NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), and her team work to balance conservation with human enjoyment of Florida's natural treasure: 2,900 square nautical miles of FKNMS-protected ecosystems. There, vast coral reefs and thousands of wildlife species amaze visitors and fascinate scientists, including Mote Marine Laboratory researchers who have worked closely with FKNMS for years. In this episode, Sarah tells hosts Joe and Hayley: what it was like to join FKNMS just as Hurricane Irma arrived; how coastal systems like reefs and mangroves can help protect communities during storms; why science is important to a healthy marine sanctuary; and how public-private partnerships can support key efforts such as studying a coral disease outbreak, restoring and monitoring coral reefs, informing FKNMS management goals, and more. Learn more about FKNMS: floridakeys.noaa.gov Have fun while benefiting Keys coral reefs during Mote's Ocean Fest on April 14 at NOAA's Eco-Discovery Center & Truman Waterfront in Key West: mote.org/oceanfest

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Mote’s dive wish-list fulfilled: $75,000 of equipment donated

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, SCUBAPRO and Florida Underwater Sports, the exclusive SCUBAPRO platinum dealer of Sarasota, donated $75,000 worth of dive equipment to support Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's mission of ocean science, conservation and restoration.

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Mote to host 8th Annual Ocean Fest in Key West

Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to announce its 8th annual Ocean Fest taking place Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at NOAA’s Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and newly remodeled Truman Waterfront.Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to announce its 8th annual Ocean Fest taking place Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's Eco-Discovery Center and newly remodeled Truman Waterfront.

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