Environmental Laboratory for Forensics
Contaminant detection of toxic stubstances.
The Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program is developing innovative technologies to produce fishes and invertebrates to meet our growing national demand for seafood and to restock depleted recreational and commercial stocks. Research is directed toward designing and testing filtration technologies for sustainable recirculating systems and toward developing spawning, larval, fingerling and growout culture methods for marine or freshwater species. Mote's Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program conducts research at the 200-acre Mote Aquaculture Research Park (MAP) in eastern Sarasota County and at Mote’s Tropical Research Laboratory in the Florida Keys.
Spawning and rearing technologies for marine fishes and invertebrates have been investigated for a wide range of species, including Common and Pacific snook, Florida pompano, southern flounder, greater amberjack, red drum, red snapper, zebrafish, sturgeon, abalone, shrimp, hard corals and long-spined sea urchins.
Recirculating systems that filter and reuse water are environmentally compatible, conserve precious water resources, provide biosecurity to protect farmed animals from disease, and ensure good water quality conditions for farmed species. The opportunity to develop and expand marine fish farming to inland locations using recirculating technology addresses both land and regulatory constraints facing Florida's aquaculture producers. The need to move marine aquaculture inland is based on skyrocketing coastal property costs and the need to develop sustainable production methods that are safe for the environment and expand opportunities for diversification of Florida's aquaculture industry. Research is directed at designing and testing filtration systems that operate with minimal water loss to support the establishment of inland marine fish farms. Recent studies have integrated fish and wetland plant production in order to utilize high-nutrient waste to produce a secondary crop. Future studies will focus on expanding saleable products, incorporating alternative energy into system design to increase the economic feasibility of recirculating systems, and marine aquaponics.
Contaminant detection of toxic stubstances.
Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
Using technology to further study & management of our local coastal environment.
Coral diseases are one of the greatest threats to reefs worldwide.
Basic and applied research on the health and immune systems of marine vertebrates
Studying the impacts of nutrients and physical parameters in riverine, estuarine and coastal environments.
Rehabilitation hospital to provide provide state-of-the-art critical care & chronic care for stranded sea turtles and dolphins.
Quantifying fine-scale aspects of behavior and physiology in a variety of vertebrate species.
Studying the biology, ecology and conservation of sharks and their relatives, the skates and rays.
The Coral Reef Ecology & Microbiology Program studies microorganisms and their role in the marine environment.
Studying habitats and trends in turtle nesting to conserve Sea Turtles.
Study responses of ecologically important species to projected levels of ocean acidification.
Developing strategies for fishery stocking & restoring endangered species
Investigating how marine & freshwater chemicals impact public health
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
Studying manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida.
Long term study of dolphin populations in Sarasota Bay.
Investigating the source, fact & effects of toxins in the environment
Developing technologies to produce fish & invertebrates to meet growing demand for seafood & fishing stocks.
Research on the life history, reproduction and population status of the spotted eagle ray.
Study of how fish interact with their habitats & how disturbances influence these interactions.
Understanding processes and environmental factors that influence coral reef health.
Bottom-dwelling organism response to environmental disturbance.
The Stranding Investigations Program (SIP) provides 24-hour response to sick, injured and deceased marine mammals & sea turtles.