Mote Marine Laboratory

An increase in whale shark sightings off the coast of Sarasota is helping Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium scientists learn more about them.

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Tomorrow, Fort Myers Beach will be hosting, yet again, the second annual Southwest Florida Sustains: A Regional Seafood Experience.

The event centers around culinary arts on the beach, all while promoting sustainable gulf seafood with dishes from Chloe's Seafood & Steaks, Charley's Boat House Grill, Pincher's on the Beach, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining and others.

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The practice of shark finning — removing a shark’s dorsal fin and discarding the animal’s body back into the water — has been in the political spotlight in recent months.

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Warming temperatures and ocean acidification are significant threats to coral reefs, but a new study by Mote Marine Laboratory researchers last month provides something of a silver lining.   Researchers found that ocean acidification could actually help slow the progression of a disease that kills corals.

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Scientists with Mote Marine Laboratory will begin a yearlong effort this summer to restore about 25,000 corals in the Florida Keys.  State lawmakers approved a $500,000 appropriation for the project in this year’s state legislative session.

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