Mote to host 5th anniversary open house in Boca Grande

Mote invites the Boca Grande community to an open house to celebrate five years of marine science outreach and education in the region. .  The event will be held on Jan. 9 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Mote’s outreach office (480 East Railroad Ave., Boca Grande, FL 33921). This family-friendly celebration will include interactive science and education booths for kids as well as hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for adults.

“Here at Mote, we are excited to celebrate the fifth  anniversary of our Boca Grande Outreach Office with our extended Mote family. Mote’s Boca Grande Outreach Office is designed to be a focal point and resource where residents and visitors can learn more about Mote’s research efforts — particularly with locally significant topics such as fisheries and red tide.” said Stacy Alexander, Mote’s Community Relations & Communications Assistant Vice President. “This celebration is a family-friendly, fun and informal setting where people of all ages can come out, have a great time and learn about the many ways they can help protect our oceans and the animals that call it home.”

This anniversary celebration is free to the public thanks to the generosity of event sponsor Northern Trust, however RSVPs are required. To register please visit Mote.org/Boca5.

The Mote Boca-Grande Partnership

Dr. Eugenie Clark, founding director of the research station that is today Mote Marine Laboratory, opened the doors of the Cape Haze Marine Lab — as it was known back then — in 1955.

Since then, Mote has been dedicated to preserving our oceans and the sustainability of the animals that call them home. Mote scientists are known worldwide for their achievements in marine research — research that is helping preserve ocean resources for future generations.

Mote got its start in Charlotte Harbor —one of the deepest natural inlets in Florida and the center of tarpon reproduction and a way station for the tarpon that make up this famous fishery.

In 2013, Mote returned to their historical home with the goal of reinvigorating its partnership with the community to conserve and protect this famous estuary. Mote believes that strong science-based conservation programs will play a critical role in preventing further decline in the Harbor’s health and in sustaining and restoring historical fish populations.