For long-lived whales, better age test could strengthen conservation

Bowhead whales are famous for their lifespans, estimated to approach 200 years, but even the best age estimates aren’t precise for all animals in a population. Now, researchers have announced the most precise, population-wide age  estimation method to date — a critical tool for better understanding and managing these protected whales.

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Riverview students explore careers in aquaculture

Twenty-four students from Riverview High School had the chance to experience what a career in marine aquaculture might be like at Mote Aquaculture Research Park (MAP) last Thursday. The students arrived at the 200-acre Park with a limited understanding but plenty of curiosity about aquaculture (farming aquatic organisms such as fish) and left with the knowledge that this field of study includes, biology, chemistry, engineering and much more.

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Podcast: Happy chemist on Sarasota Bay

Mote Staff Chemist Camia Charniga loves getting out on the ocean and rivers, even in rough weather, to monitor the “health” of the water itself. Water clarity and quality, including nutrient chemistry, have an influence on seagrasses, fish and myriad other wild things we can’t live without. In this episode, Camia tells hosts Joe and Hayley how Mote’s water chemistry data help government institutions meet requirements for cleaner waterways. She also shares stories from the field, about a skittish gator, a curious manatee… and a TROLL under a bridge? It’s not what you think!


Mote shark scientist to join OCEARCH’s Lowcountry II expedition off north Florida, Georgia and South

Dr. Bob Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory, and scientists from several other institutions are boarding OCEARCH’s research vessel this week for a return expedition to the waters off South Carolina, north Florida and Georgia – Expedition Lowcountry II. This Jan. 15-Feb. 5 trip, the 31st expedition hosted by OCEARCH, aims to expand scientific knowledge about white sharks, popularly known as great white sharks.

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Mote and SECOORA to co-host public forum: Eyes on the Ocean

The public is invited to the forum “Eyes on the Ocean: Why monitoring the sea makes your life better” at 9 a.m. Jan. 26 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. This forum is being held in conjunction with an upcoming Board Meeting for the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA).

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Attention home-school families: Mote to host open house

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is hosting an open house for home-school families.  Perfect for the budding scientist or constantly curious student, this two-hour event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and provide families the chance to see how they can add more marine science and STEM to their home-school curriculum.

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Mote celebrates five years of outreach in Boca Grande

More than 70 people, including former First Lady Laura Bush, Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and other ocean enthusiasts, gathered on Jan. 9 under a star-filled sky to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Mote’s Boca Grande Outreach office — a regional hub of marine science outreach and education.

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