On May 5, citizen scientists will snorkel seagrass beds for research and conservation during the 4th Annual Sarasota County Seagrass Survey — and the public is invited to celebrate the marine environment during the ensuing Nature Festival on shore.
A partnership to bring the coral reef ecosystem exhibit to land is being undertaken between Mote Marine Laboratory and Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation in Islamorada. The exhibit, Coral Reef Exploration, is expected to be complete in the fall, and will be housed in the Keys History & Discovery Center, which is operated by the Foundation.
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The first local sea turtle nests of 2018 were discovered today by Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Patrol, a team of scientists, interns and approximately 300 volunteers who monitor nesting activity on Longboat Key through Venice every day of sea turtle nesting season, which officially runs from May 1-Oct. 31 in southwest Florida.
Mote Marine Laboratory will kick off a new lecture series with its first presentation at 3-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Marathon Branch Library. These monthly events are free to the public and will feature a presentation from a marine scientist followed by a question and answer session.
Mote Marine Laboratory will launch a new presentation series with its first talk from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Divers Direct in Key West. These monthly events are free to the public and will feature a presentation from a marine scientist followed by a question and answer session.
Florida red tide algae toxins can stress and even kill sublegal stone crabs — young adults whose claws are growing toward legal harvest size — according to preliminary research results published recently in the scientific journal Marine Environmental Research, indicating a strong need for continued studies.
Thousands gathered to celebrate coral reef ecosystems, conservation and Florida Keys culture during Mote’s Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration on April 14 at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Eco-Discovery Center and the beautifully renovated Truman Waterfront Park in Key West.