Wildlife in World Heritage Site declines after heatwave reduces seagrass

Diverse marine animals from dugongs to sea snakes became rarer in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shark Bay, Western Australia, after a heat wave devastated the dominant seagrass species, reports a newly published study demonstrating how certain vital ecosystems may change in a warming climate.

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Probiotics boost survival of ‘baby’ snook in aquaculture

A new peer reviewed study led by Mote Marine Laboratory scientists was the first to highlight the benefit of adding two probiotic strains of Bacillus bacteria during the rearing of common snook, a popular Florida sportfish. Groups of snook larvae (babies) that received the probiotic in their feed and aquatic environment (water) had 2.5 times higher survival rates than those that did not receive it.  

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Senator Marco Rubio visits Mote to discuss urgent threats in Florida’s oceans

On February 21, 2019, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hosted Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at its City Island campus to discuss urgent threats facing Florida’s oceans, including harmful algae blooms affecting our coastlines and the significant decline of coral reefs. Mote President & CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, and science staff from a diverse range of Mote research programs shared the latest in research and technology, while explaining the urgent need for support to continue and expand their efforts

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Mote secures formal, long-term plan for new Aquarium land

The Sarasota County Commission unanimously approved an agreement for Mote Marine Laboratory’s use of county-owned land in Nathan Benderson Park for the site of its planned new Science Education Aquarium during the county commission meeting today, Jan. 30.

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Mote exhibit ads earn national honors

Marketing efforts for two environmental education exhibits at Mote Aquarium won multiple HSMAI Adrian Awards, a top honor in the hospitality and tourism community, during a Jan. 22 ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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