Mote campaign progress: $2 million gift for Keys building, $40-million campaign milestone

The Rick and Nancy Moskovitz Foundation has donated $2 million toward Mote Marine Laboratory’s new research and education facility in the Florida Keys — the largest donation for the planned building to date. The donation also marks a major milestone for Oceans of Opportunity: The Campaign for Mote Marine Laboratory: More than $40 million in commitments have been raised toward the $50 million goal of this Lab-wide fundraising effort, which was announced publicly in January 2015.

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Mote thanks Barancik Foundation for donation toward building new facility in Keys

Philanthropic donations for Mote Marine Laboratory’s new research and education facility in the Florida Keys have surpassed the $1.5 million mark with help from a new gift: a $325,000 donation from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. Barancik Foundation representatives said they value the work Mote is doing at its existing property on Summerland Key, Fla., where the new facility will be built.

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Mote shark scientist shares updates from major Gulf expedition on M/V OCEARCH

A major shark-research expedition aboard the internationally known M/V OCEARCH tagged four sharks in the Gulf of Mexico as of Nov. 6, says a participating Mote Marine Laboratory scientist who is collecting and studying shark blood samples in this team effort to gather previously unattainable data on these important top predators.

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Red tide monitoring updates from Mote in southwest Florida

Mote Marine Lab scientists continue studying and monitoring the Florida red tide algae, Karenia brevis, along southwest Florida and are encouraging coastal communities to follow online updates. Elevated counts of the algae cells have recently persisted or increased in some Mote-monitored areas.  

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Well-known dolphin “Riptorn” dies in Sarasota

Photo: Riptorn with fish hook caught in dorsal fin, with training fishing line, August 2015. Photo by Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, taken under National Marine Fisheries Service Scientific Research Permit No. 15543. The most-recognizable dolphin in Sarasota Bay, Fla., died at age 43 and was recovered on Friday, Oct. 16, after living for decades with scoliosis and a dorsal fin  sliced and bent by a boat propeller.

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Red tide monitoring updates from Mote in southwest Florida

Mote Marine Lab scientists are currently studying and monitoring the Florida red tide algae, Karenia brevis, off southwest Florida’s coast, while encouraging coastal communities to follow online updates, after noting increased signs of the harmful algae this week along southwest Florida.

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New salmon research on oil & dispersant impacts getting under way with help from Alaskan hatchery

A new study under way this week at the Sitka Sound Science Center in Sitka, Alaska, is investigating how crude oil and dispersant affect hatchery-reared coho salmon to test for subtle or delayed health impacts that are normally challenging to document when oil spills occur. The study is led by Mote Marine Laboratory scientists from Sarasota, Fla., in partnership with the Sitka Sound Science Center in Alaska.

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