Local Rotaries support Mote Marine Laboratory red tide research

Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise recently presented Mote with $18,000 to support the Red Tide Institute at Mote. The Institute serves as a hub of intensive research and development focused exclusively on advancing promising technologies for controlling and mitigating red tide impacts toward practical application.

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Podcast: Toolbox for addressing red tide

Dr. Cindy Heil studies microscopic living things with huge impacts: phytoplankton. These ocean-dwelling, plant-like organisms are known for producing 50% of the oxygen we breathe along with food for other living things; a minority of species can produce toxins or have other negative impacts. Dr. Heil and her Mote colleagues focus on one of the most challenging phytoplankton: the Florida red tide algae species, Karenia brevis. In this episode, Dr. Heil tells hosts Joe and Hayley about her efforts to understand Florida red tide ecology and to test methods for mitigating and controlling the toxin-producing Florida red tide blooms that challenge coastal communities along the Gulf of Mexico. Tune in to learn how scientists are expanding the possible "toolbox" of technology for directly mitigating red tides, while continually working to better understand how red tides function. That knowledge is important for societal leaders working to protect the public and reduce possible water quality issues that may help "feed" a red tide after it forms offshore and moves to the coast. Dr. Heil is Director of the new Red Tide Institute at Mote, which formed to investigate red tide mitigation and control tools thanks to its Founding Donor, the Andrew and Judith Economos Charitable Foundation.

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Stone crab larvae perish from red tide, but bloom intensity matters

High and medium concentrations of Florida red tide caused 100% and 30% mortality in stone crab larvae, respectively, and many of the surviving larvae had impaired swimming behavior, during a four-day lab study published by Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and partners in the peer-reviewed journal Harmful Algae.

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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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