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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End-of-year update: Crustacean Ecology Lab investigates challenges to stone crabs and spiny lobsters

Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Philip Gravinese and the Crustacean Ecology Lab had a productive year, conducting new research and publishing results through five first-author publications. The Crustacean Ecology Lab conducts diverse research dedicated to answering questions aimed at determining the tolerance and response of commercially important crustaceans to different environmental stressors.

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End-of-year update: Ocean acidification studies advance thanks to Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Heather Page and colleagues advanced research on ocean acidification impacts to multiple species and their interactions in 2018. Coral reef ecosystem health has been declining worldwide, and ocean acidification (OA) — decreasing seawater pH owing to human-contributed carbon dioxide entering the ocean — may further challenge reefs. To better predict coral reefs’ fate amid OA, scientists must understand how multiple living things — corals, seaweeds and more — will respond and how their interactions will be influenced. These interactions shape coral reef community structure and resilience to environmental changes.

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End-of-year update: Mote studies coral restoration strategies amid unprecedented disease outbreak

As the unprecedented outbreak of stony coral tissue loss disease continues affecting more than 96,000 acres of Florida Keys reefs during December 2018, Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are co-leading a Restoration Trials Team to determine best practices and impacts of planting nursery-grown corals for research on effective reef restoration.

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