Mote Marine Laboratory

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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.

Barry Peters

If you haven’t heard of the stingray shuffle, now may be the time to learn the dance. It’s stingray mating season along Southwest Florida beaches and that means more of the rays are on the move where beachgoers tend to wade. 

Photo: Mike Lang, Sarasota Herald-Tribune via Mote Marine Lab

More than thirty sharks were tagged along Florida's Gulf Coast earlier this month by a team of researchers and students as part of a study tracking the sharks' migration in the Gulf, and their impact on everything from ecosystems to the economics of Gulf fisheries.

Photo: NOAA Office of Response and Restoration via Flickr Creative Commons

Seven years ago today, the offshore drilling unit known as the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven people died, and the destruction blew out the undersea well nearly a mile below the surface. Scientists are still studying how the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and the release of more than 4.9 million barrels of oil, is impacting the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

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