Sand sculpting champs declared during seventh Crystal Classic

International sand sculpting champions were declared today during the seventh annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival, which is drawing thousands to Siesta Public Beach and raising awareness for endangered sea turtles. (See the completed sculptures Monday and Tuesday. Details at: www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com)

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Seagrass protection goals clearer thanks to Charlotte Harbor study

Seagrass beds — vital habitat for Florida wildlife — may decline if poor water clarity obscures their sunlight. Now, resource managers in Charlotte Harbor have new tools to keep water clarity on target, thanks to a study by Mote Marine Laboratory and Janicki Environmental, Inc.

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Initiative to restore one million corals launches in the Caribbean and Florida Keys

(MIAMI, Florida) Sept. 12, 2016 - Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy are partnering on a coral conservation initiative that will enable coral restoration at unprecedented scales throughout the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. The collaboration officially began this evening, Sept. 12, 2016, in Miami, with the signing of a one-year memorandum of understanding (MOU), enabling the first steps in a proposed 15-year initiative of joint coral reef restoration and conservation efforts.  

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Catch and release with care: shark-friendly fishing practices

As you enjoy recreational fishing this summer, please remember to handle and release protected fish species with care to help them recover and survive.  Four adult great hammerhead sharks – a protected species in Florida – washed ashore dead in late June to early July in Sarasota County, and members of the public notified Mote Marine Lab and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Could a solar-powered sailboat help monitor red tide?

Seeking new ways to study red tide, Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are helping makers of solar-powered, sailboat drones test their technology in tandem with underwater robots Mote normally deploys to monitor harmful algae in the Gulf of Mexico.  

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