Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
The Beach Conditions Report provides several types of information about Southwest Florida beaches during Red Tide events: whether dead fish are present, whether there is respiratory irritation among beachgoers, what the water color is, the wind direction and what flags are currently flying at the beaches (for lifeguard-monitored beaches).
Mote Marine Laboratory studies Karenia brevis, the organism that causes Red Tides in Florida.
Click here for an overview about Mote's Red Tide research.
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Red Tide.
Click here for a primer on the differences between Red Tide and red drift algae.
Please note that it is safe to eat shellfish that are commercially harvested and sold in fish markets, restaurants and other outlets. Florida has a well-established monitoring program for all commercial shellfish beds and these beds are closed when affected by Red Tide or other environmental conditions. Note: It is not advisable to harvest shellfish recreationally, unless you first check on the status of the location (open or closed) with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click here for more information.
For recreational fishing: Fish that act as they would normally when hooked should be safe to eat as long as they are fileted first and the innards discarded.
For conditions throughout the Florida Gulf coast, with information about cell concentrations observed at specific locations and closed shellfish areas, please see the FWC web site and follow the link to “Red Tide Current Status.” The FWC Red Tide Status Line is now available for callers to hear a recording detailing Red Tide conditions throughout the state. FWC updates the recording each Friday by 5 p.m. after sampling efforts for the week have been completed and analyzed.
Red Tide Status Line: (866) 300-9399 (toll-free inside Florida only); (727) 552-2448 (outside Florida).
For information about the Human Health and Red Tide Studies funded by the National Institutes for Environmental Health Services, click here.
If you need immediate assistance regarding health related issues, please call the Marine and Freshwater Toxin hotline at 1 (888) 232-8635. It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information about water conditions on Sarasota County beaches, please click on this link to the Sarasota County Healthy Beaches website.
A Red Tide Q&A with Mote researchers from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Info on Trichodesmium.
Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
Studying manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida.
Study responses of ecologically important species to projected levels of ocean acidification.
Understanding processes and environmental factors that influence coral reef health.
The Stranding Investigations Program (SIP) provides 24-hour response to sick, injured and deceased marine mammals & sea turtles.
Developing strategies for fishery stocking & restoring endangered species
Using technology to further study & management of our local coastal environment.
Basic and applied research on the health and immune systems of marine vertebrates
Developing technologies to produce fish & invertebrates to meet growing demand for seafood & fishing stocks.
Investigating the source, fact & effects of toxins in the environment
Studying sharks, skates and stingrays as laboratory animal models for basic & applied research
Rehabilitation hospital to provide provide state-of-the-art critical care & chronic care for stranded sea turtles and dolphins.
The Coral Reef Ecology & Microbiology Program studies microorganisms and their role in the marine environment.
Study of how fish interact with their habitats & how disturbances influence these interactions.
The Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program is dedicated to studying the biology, ecology and conservation of sharks, skates and rays.
Coral diseases are one of the greatest threats to reefs worldwide.
Long term study of dolphin populations in Sarasota Bay.
Investigating how marine & freshwater chemicals impact public health
Bottom-dwelling organism response to environmental disturbance.
Studying habitats and trends in turtle nesting to conserve Sea Turtles.
Contaminant detection of toxic substances.
Studying the impacts of nutrients and physical parameters in riverine, estuarine and coastal environments.
Seeking to develop systems and techniques to grow coral and other reef species.
We’re proud to announce that we’ve exceeded our goal! But we’re not stopping there. Fundraising continues until our annual black-tie gala, Oceanic Evening on October 29, 2016.
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