Key West reef restoration project surpasses 12,000-coral milestone

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and their citizen-science volunteers have completed their final coral restoration outplantings at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West this month. This two-year project, funded by Monroe County Tourist Development Council, involved planting more than 12,000 fragments of five coral species along a publicly accessible snorkel trail during summer 2016 and 2017.  Most of the restored corals were rescued by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), propagated by Mote scientists and outplanted in the same general area where they were initially found. The outplanting area is represented by educational signs on shore and at NOAA’s Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West.

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Record Year for Dolphin Calves in Sarasota Bay and Vicinity

The local dolphin community has had a record year for calves, according to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), a Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) program in collaboration with Mote Marine Laboratory. During the 2017 calving season, 19 calves have been documented by SDRP, the world's longest-running study of a wild dolphin population.

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Mote to Host International Ocean Film Tour

Adventure. Conservation. Ocean Life. The International Ocean Film Tour is on its way to Mote Marine Laboratory’s WAVE center with the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries.  This cinematic event will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting officially at 6 p.m. 

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Podcast: As reefs decline, will some corals be fighters?

Do you catch lots of colds while some of your friends rarely get sick? Humans aren’t the only ones with variable defenses against disease. Mote staff scientist Dr. Erinn Muller and her colleagues are searching for hardy genetic varieties of corals with the best odds of surviving the coral disease outbreaks and climate change impacts affecting reefs worldwide. Amid sad news about coral reef declines, Dr. Muller and her colleagues are finding hopeful signs of possible resilience in some coral genotypes, while investigating practical measures such as “firebreak” procedures to hinder the spread of coral disease. With scientists' help, can our "rainforests of the sea" tough it out?  


Electrify the Island: Cancelled Due to Hurricane Irma

Electrify the Island in conjunction with National Drive Electric Week was scheduled to take place place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, on the grounds of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on City Island, Sarasota.  Due to Hurricane Irma’s current status the event has been cancelled.

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Mote Announces Dates for Full Moon Kayak Paddles and Other Fall Educational Programs

The eclipse may be over but your celestial adventures don’t have to be. Mote Marine Laboratory is excited to announce the dates for their Fall Full Moon Kayak Paddles. These one and half hour paddles take place on Sarasota Bay during twilight hours and educate participants about the importance of our estuaries and their connection to Mote research. This year Mote will offer three separate opportunities for this unique event: 9/6, 11/4, and 12/3.

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