Initiative progress

Please revisit this section periodically for updates on the Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative work at Mote and by its many partners. Executive summaries of projects funded by the Red Tide Initiative can be found at this link.

Summer and Fall 2021

  • ​In May of 2021 Mote welcomed Betty Staugler, the NOAA HAB Liaison through UF Sea Grant to utilize Mote office space at both the City Island and Aquaculture Park campuses in Sarasota. Ms. Staugler is assisting many national HAB efforts under a contract from NOAA, including partnership and education/outreach of the Red Tide Initiative.
  • In accordance with 379.2273 Florida Statutes Mote hosted the fourth, Technology Advisory Council meeting on July 22, 2021. For more details, meeting minutes, and presentations, please visit the Technology Advisory Council page.
  • Mote hired Katherine Felch as the Culture Lab Technician for the Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Facility.  Ms. Felch has lab culturing and a field and lab water quality background from both the US East and West coast, a Bachelor's Degree from University of Maine and a Master's Degree from Western Washington University.  
  • On Aug 3, 2021, Governor DeSantis publicly opened a state-of-the-art recirculating seawater facility located at the Mote Aquaculture Research Park where partnering scientists and engineers from around the country are testing mitigation technologies before they are deployed in bays and coastal waters in order to ensure they will do no greater harm to these ecosystems than the red tide itself. 
  • The Initiative awarded year-3 competitive grants in mid-September to nine partner projects focused on developing and advancing innovative methods to fight Florida red tide.

Winter and Spring 2020–2021

  • On April 6, 2021, Kevin Claridge presented an update on the Red Tide Initiative to the FWC Harmful Algal Bloom / Red Tide Task Force.
  • Mote announced that the third Request for Proposals opened on March 1 and closed on April 16, 2021
  • Mote hosted a webinar on the 3rd Request For Proposals on March 25, 2021, to provide an overview of Initiative progress and answer any questions about the proposal process.

Accomplishments and Priorities Report
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This report, provided to meet the requirement of 379.2273(2)(d) Florida Statutes, contains an overview of the Initiative's accomplishments to date and priorities for subsequent years. Published January 2021.

Summer and Fall 2020

  • In accordance with 379.2273 Florida Statutes Mote hosted the third Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative, Technology Advisory Council meeting on October 2. For more details, please visit the Technology Advisory Council page.
  • The Initiative awarded year-2 competitive grants in mid-October to seven partner projects focused on developing and advancing innovative methods to fight Florida red tide impacts. Summaries of all funded projects to date can be found at this link.
  • Mote hired Lizabeth Longstreet to oversee and assist Initiative projects at the Mote Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Facility. Liz is a Florida local who grew up in the Sarasota/Pinellas County area, she has a bachelor's degree in marine biology from Eckerd College, and most recently worked for the Florida DEP Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves, where she gained experience with Florida marine habitats, red tide and its impacts, and water quality monitoring.

Spring 2020

  • Mote hosted a webinar on the 2nd Request For Proposals on May 15 to provide an overview of Initiative progress and answer any questions about the proposal process—the presentation slides are available at this link.
  • The Initiative awarded year-1 competitive grants to five partner projects focused on developing and advancing innovative methods to fight Florida red tide impacts. Full story with project descriptions
  • In accordance with 379.2273 Florida Statutes Mote hosted the second Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative, Technical Advisory Council meeting on April 3, for more details please visit Mote's event calendar.
  • Mote hosted a webinar on the 1st Request For Proposals on Jan. 28 to provide an overview of Initiative progress and answer any questions about the proposal process—the presentation slides are available at this link.

Fall and winter 2019

  • In accordance with 379.2273 Florida Statutes Mote hosted the first Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative, Technical Advisory Council meeting. For more details please visit Mote's event calendar.
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein appointed David Whiting to the Initiative Technology Advisory Council.
  • Mote announced Request For Proposals at the 10th US HAB Symposium: news release
    (Proposal submission information was made available on the Red Tide Initiative homepage.)
  • Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Jose R. Oliva appointed Dr. James "Buddy" Powell to the Initiative Technical Advisory Council.
  • FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Director Gil McRae appointed Dr. Katherine Hubbard to the Initiative Technical Advisory Council.
  • President of the Florida Senate Bill Galvano appointed Dr. James Sullivan to the Initiative Technical Advisory Council.
  • Mote appointed Kevin Claridge as the Initiative Administrator. Mote press release

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