Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
The Florida Red Tide Mitigation & Technology Development Initiative is a partnership between Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) that establishes an independent and coordinated effort among public and private research entities to develop prevention, control and mitigation technologies and approaches that will decrease the impacts of red tide on the environment, economy and quality of life in Florida.
Red tides are harmful algal blooms caused by higher-than-normal concentrations of Karenia brevis (microscopic algae native to the Gulf of Mexico). Red tides produce toxins that can cause widespread mortality of marine fishes and other wildlife, and those toxins can enter the air and cause respiratory irritation in people on shore. Red tides can significantly affect quality of life in coastal communities and drain millions of dollars from economies that rely upon ecotourism, fishing and other ecosystem services.
Floridians have rightfully demanded solutions to address red tide, and in June 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law 379.2273 Florida Statutes to establish and support the Florida Red Tide Mitigation & Technology Development Initiative as partnership between Mote—a 64-year leader of independent, entrepreneurial and nonprofit marine research with decades of red tide science—and FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the primary state-government entity focused on red tide. The bill provides a $3-million appropriation from the General Revenue Fund each year for six years ($18-million total), and FWC will award funds to Mote to achieve the goals of the Initiative.
Building upon the ongoing and highly productive FWC-Mote cooperative red tide research and monitoring program, this new applied science Initiative strategically leverages state appropriations with Mote’s private and federal funding in order to:
Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
Contaminant detection of toxic substances.
PERC is dedicated to improving stock assessment, management and sustainability of highly migratory fishes in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
The only program dedicated to developing & assessing electronic monitoring (EM) for the Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish fishery
Sharks & Rays Conservation Research
Long term study of dolphin populations in Sarasota Bay.
Studying manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida.
Understanding processes and environmental factors that influence coral reef health.
Coral diseases are one of the greatest threats to reefs worldwide.
Seagrass research, restoration, nursery production and gene banking to address the rapid losses of seagrasses and their ecosystem services
Study of how fish interact with their habitats & how disturbances influence these interactions.
The Stranding Investigations Program (SIP) provides 24-hour response to sick, injured and deceased marine mammals & sea turtles.
Using innovative ocean technology to accomplish interdisciplinary scientific goals
Seeking to develop systems and techniques to grow coral and other reef species.
Studying sharks, skates and stingrays as laboratory animal models for basic & applied research
A Mote-FWC partnership to develop prevention, control and mitigation technologies and approaches that will decrease red tide impacts
The Red Tide Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory leads Florida red tide mitigation and control research.
Studying the impacts of nutrients and physical parameters in riverine, estuarine and coastal environments.
Bottom-dwelling organism response to environmental disturbance.
DEVELOPING AND INTEGRATING ENHANCEMENT STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE AND RESTORE FISHERIES
Studying habitats and trends in turtle nesting to conserve Sea Turtles.
Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are three-year positions for scientists conducting outstanding work early in their careers
Investigating how marine & freshwater chemicals impact public health
Advancing science to support abundant, productive fish populations
Investigating the source, fact & effects of toxins in the environment
Global network of coral biobanks, nursery practitioners, and experts preserving all coral species for ecosystem restoration and research
Internship: Mote's Aquarium Sciences and Animal Care team, Fish & Invertebrate Department
Providing state-of-the-art critical care & chronic care for stranded sea turtles
Studying the physical, biological, geological & chemical processes that distribute nutrients and other chemical species in the ocean
Study responses of ecologically important species to projected levels of ocean acidification.
Developing technologies to produce fish & invertebrates to meet growing demand for seafood & fishing stocks.
Basic and applied research on the health and immune systems of marine vertebrates
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