Environmental Laboratory for Forensics
Contaminant detection of toxic substances.
The Pelagic Ecosystem Research Consortium (PERC) is dedicated to improving stock assessment, management and sustainability of highly migratory species, such as tuna, swordfish and sharks, in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
PERC is led by the University of Maine, with partners from Mote Marine Laboratory, Nova Southeastern University and Auburn University.
PERC focuses on five research areas including bycatch reduction, increased understanding of life history, post-release mortality and other objectives for multiple, highly migratory fish species. Comprehensive information on the life history of highly migratory species is lacking, including data on age, growth, indices of abundance, reproduction, post-release and natural mortality, infectious disease, anthropogenic disturbance, habitat utilization/migratory behavior and stock structure.
Research by the consortium is expected to fill gaps in information that will reduce uncertainty in stock assessment models and population status, and inform appropriate quotas to promote sustainability.
In particular, PERC will gather data on:
PERC launched with the support of a competitive, $1.6 million grant awarded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2019 Sea Grant Highly Migratory Species Research Initiative.
Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research is leading the shark component of PERC’s objectives, with a $600,000 project in its first year supported by $400,000 of the Sea Grant support and a $200,000 match from Mote and its partner organization OCEARCH, which is providing $75,000 in ship time aboard its state-of-the-art shark research vessel.
Contaminant detection of toxic substances.
Understanding processes and environmental factors that influence coral reef health.
Basic and applied research on the health and immune systems of marine vertebrates
Internship: Mote's Aquarium Sciences and Animal Care team, Fish & Invertebrate Department
Studying the physical, biological, geological & chemical processes that distribute nutrients and other chemical species in the ocean
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.
The only program dedicated to developing & assessing electronic monitoring (EM) for the Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish fishery
Studying sharks, skates and stingrays as laboratory animal models for basic & applied research
The Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Program is dedicated to studying the biology, ecology and conservation of sharks and their relatives
Advancing science to support abundant, productive fish populations
Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
Investigating how marine & freshwater chemicals impact public health
Studying manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida.
The Stranding Investigations Program (SIP) provides 24-hour response to sick, injured and deceased marine mammals & sea turtles.
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.
Developing technologies to produce fish & invertebrates to meet growing demand for seafood & fishing stocks.
Global network of coral biobanks, nursery practitioners, and experts preserving all coral species for ecosystem restoration and research
DEVELOPING AND INTEGRATING ENHANCEMENT STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE AND RESTORE FISHERIES
Using innovative ocean technology to accomplish interdisciplinary scientific goals
Coral diseases are one of the greatest threats to reefs worldwide.
Study responses of ecologically important species to projected levels of ocean acidification.
Investigating the source, fact & effects of toxins in the environment
Sharks & Rays Conservation Research
Long term study of dolphin populations in Sarasota Bay.
PERC is dedicated to improving stock assessment, management and sustainability of highly migratory fishes in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are three-year positions for scientists conducting outstanding work early in their careers
Bottom-dwelling organism response to environmental disturbance.
Studying habitats and trends in turtle nesting to conserve Sea Turtles.
Providing state-of-the-art critical care & chronic care for stranded sea turtles
Study of how fish interact with their habitats & how disturbances influence these interactions.