Scientists monitor red tide increase off southwest Florida

Researchers are monitoring elevated levels of the naturally occurring Florida red tide algae, Karenia brevis, along southwest Florida. The public can follow online updates from multiple monitoring partners and even report coastal conditions using Mote Marine Laboratory’s new smartphone app.

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Podcast: THANK YOU! Thanksgiving greeting from the ‘Two Sea Fans’ hosts

Happy Thanksgiving from "Two Sea Fans" hosts Joe and Hayley! In this special, short segment, the hosts share what they're thankful for, looking back at a great first year of podcast episodes and looking forward to upcoming discussions. In particular, Hayley and Joe are excited to talk about keeping the oceans trash free, as Mote prepares to host the special exhibit "Sea Debris: Awareness through Art" featuring "Washed Ashore," from Dec. 9-June 15 (www.mote.org/seadebris).

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High schoolers find hidden plastic in southwest Florida waters, fish

High schoolers found tiny bits of plastic in southwest Florida waters and fish — local evidence of a worldwide environmental challenge — during Mote Marine Laboratory’s teaching lab with partners from UF/IFAS* Extension’s Florida Microplastic Awareness Project, Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, Sarasota Bay Watch and Palmetto High School on Nov. 15 at Mote’s Sarasota campus.

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Mote to Launch Marine Science Course for Adults

Advancing Mote’s mission to expand marine literacy, a new course for adults will begin in January 2018. Endless Oceans: Marine Science 101 is lifelong learning course offering 10 comprehensive, marine science classes.

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Local J. McLaughlin stores to host Sip & Shop benefiting Mote

Local J. McLaughlin stores and Mote Marine Laboratory invite you to save the ocean in style with a Sip and Shop event on Nov. 24. J. McLaughlin stores in Boca Grande, Sarasota, Longboat Key and Tampa will donate 15 percent of their proceeds on Nov. 24 to support Mote's mission of today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans.

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Podcast: Your digital window to the sea

Does a “virtual field trip” sound fun? Then dive deeper with Mote’s SeaTrek.TV! This digital learning program led by Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski and Jason Robertshaw uses video chat platforms like Skype and Zoom to share marine science with kids and adults around the world. SeaTrek.TV programs have ranged from live-streaming conversations with a shark scientist at sea to studio-based chats with experts on jellyfish, corals and other marine life, along with glimpses into cool behind-the-scenes spaces such as Mote’s collection of dolphin and whale bones. Listen as Kasey and Jason share their SeaTrek smarts with “Two Sea Fans” hosts Hayley and Joe — who have clearly met their match. Learn more at SeaTrek.TV and check out related teacher professional development programs here.

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Mote Winter Break Camps: It’s ‘snow’ joke!

Students in grades 1st- 5th are invited to attend Mote’s Winter Break Camps running Dec. 27-29 and January 3-5, 2018 from 8:00 to 12 pm. Students will explore all things marine during Mote’s winter themed camps including “Sea”son’s Eatings, Do You “Sea” What I “Sea?” and Snowflakes of the Ocean. Campers are welcome to join us for all 6 days or just their favorites.

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Snook Shindig catches valuable fisheries data

More than 40 anglers participated in the 2017 William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig, a research-based catch, sample and release tournament on Nov. 3-4. This unique tournament involves the public in monitoring for snook released in fisheries enhancement studies.

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Mote scientist researches impacts on stone crab fishery

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opened this month in state and federal waters with high expectations. The fishery however, has seen more ebbs than flows over the last decade due to a kaleidoscope of challenges.

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