Podcast: Mote Aquarium past, present and future

Dan Bebak joined Mote Aquarium as an intern, and over decades he's advanced to lead its operations as Vice President of Mote's Education, Aquarium & Outreach Division. In this episode, he shares his memories from the early Aquarium along with Mote's vision for the Aquarium's future, which is tied closely to the future of the expanding research at Mote Marine Laboratory. Bebak and his colleagues are working hard toward a rebirth of the current Aquarium - as Mote Science Education Aquarium (Mote SEA) - at a new mainland location easily reached by residents and visitors to Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida. The new Mote Science Education Aquarium will be an awesome new learning hub where science is the attraction. Tune in to hear about the process of creating it!  

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Improved test measures virus lethal to young spiny lobsters

A virus that can sicken or kill young Caribbean spiny lobsters can be detected with greater sensitivity — and its abundance can be measured to investigate disease severity and spread — thanks to a new diagnostic test described in a peer-reviewed journal article published recently in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.

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Mote’s Red Tide Institute welcomes renowned scientific director

Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to welcome Dr. Cynthia Heil as Director of its new Red Tide Institute, which focuses on studying and testing Florida red tide mitigation and control technologies to improve quality of life for coastal communities affected by these challenging harmful algal blooms (HABs).

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Mote-led initiative will restore resilient corals across 130 acres thanks to new grant

Mote Marine Laboratory and partners will restore 70,000 coral “seeds” across 130 acres of depleted Florida reefs over three years — prioritizing coral genetic varieties resilient to disease and climate change impacts — thanks to a grant of nearly $1.5 million announced today, Nov. 9, by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and partners.

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