Coastal Conservation Association Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Mote Marine Laboratory launch initiative to enhance the snook fishery on Florida’s southwest coast by stocking 10,000 juvenile snook during a two-year project.
Fondly labeled the “Shark Lady,” Dr. Eugenie Clark founded Mote Marine Laboratory and continued studying fishes until she passed away in 2015 at age 92. She will now be recognized with another distinction: namesake of a newly discovered species of dogfish shark.
Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are launching a research project this week that will test whether filter-feeding animals and seaweeds can help mitigate the effects of Florida red tide, an algal bloom caused by the naturally occurring microscopic organism Karenia brevis.
Thanks to whale shark sightings reported by the public off the southwest Florida coast in early June, scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory located five of the polka-dotted, filter-feeding giants and tagged two of them with tracking devices on the afternoon of June 14.
Join Mote Marine Laboratory for the fifth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, an environmentally friendly event that invites scuba divers to harvest this invasive species, and allows the public to taste delicious lionfish dishes prepared by top local chefs. The derby will take place from July 6-8 based at Mote, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota.
Conservationists are ramping up clam-restoration efforts now in Sarasota Bay, Florida — locally the first of their kind — in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory scientists who study how to fine-tune shellfish restoration methods to benefit the Bay.
Mote Marine Laboratory received a report of five whale sharks — Earth’s largest fish species — about 40 miles off Anna Maria Island last weekend, and Mote scientists are asking members of the public to report new sightings off Florida’s Gulf Coast immediately.
The Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum — a group of community members, scientists and other fish enthusiasts who are interested in proactively addressing fisheries management issues in the Sarasota Bay area — will hold its monthly meeting on June 7 at Mote Marine Laboratory.