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SCHEDULE Lots to do at event staged at Truman Waterfront Park MENTOR Marine artist Wyland will be painting with the kids SIGNAL Special Mote Lab license plates support the cause ABOUT US Mote Marine works as team to save the ocean IRMA Scientists talk hurricane’s effects on the environment UNITED Boy Scouts, Mote join forces to learn together
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Raymond Banister of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Coral Health & Disease Research Program observes various species of coral that contain an unknown spreading disease. These specimens were collected from the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys. Mote scientists hope to learn more about the disease and whether the coral specimens grown in their lab are resistant and/or resilient to it. Photo by CONOR GOULDING 4
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Fish on the Florida Keys’ Sombrero Reef. Photo by CONOR GOULDING/Mote Marine Laboratory
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We are excited and looking forward to having us all join together for Mote’s 8th annual Ocean Fest on Saturday, April 14 in Key West! There is much to celebrate and share about our treasured coral reef and connected marine and coastal ecosystems in the Florida Keys — especially after the past year of trials and triumphs. The incredible resiliency of our Keys communities in the wake of Hurricane Irma was amazing and provides a renewed sense of pride in the history and culture of the Keys. We are grateful that our region’s natural systems of coastal resiliency, such as coral reefs and mangroves, helped protect our shores from the worst of the storm’s wave energy — a reminder that these systems are critical not only ecologically and economically, but also for our safety and security.
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Mote scientists and partners at IC2R3 also made great strides in advancing the frontiers of science by publishing internationally respected peer-reviewed findings in research journals that revealed coral disease and ocean acidification interact in surprising ways, and studies advancing knowledge of threatened staghorn coral genetics, population structure and benchmarks for its restoration. Most of these research efforts are supported primarily by philanthropic donations to Mote and funds from the Protect Our Reefs specialty license plate and grant program (motereefplate.com). Beyond coral itself, did you know that Mote’s growing team of Ph.D. scientists are studying whole ecosystems and critical fisheries? Here are just a few (of many) Mote scientists who dive into diverse, Keys-focused research: • Dr. Phil Gravinese, Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow, is studying how stone crabs — a staple of Florida’s seafood scene — are affected by changing temperature, ocean acidification, red tide and more. • Dr. Rob Nowicki, Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow, studies how marine predators such as sharks influence their surroundings, how biological interactions can degrade or bolster ecosystems’ resilience, and how climate change influences these interactions.
The Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) on Mote Marine Laboratory’s Summerland Key campus is a global epicenter for our scientists and colleagues from around the world to achieve significant advances in not only conducting innovative research to better understand the intricacies of the Key’s precious marine ecosystems, but also to actually implement a major science-based coral restoration initiative that we celebrate each year with all our partners at Ocean Fest.
• Dr. Heather Page, Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow, studies how ocean acidification affects corals, sponges and seaweeds — three key “players” that fight for space on the ocean bottom.
One of our community triumphs in 2017 was when Monroe County Tourist Development Council funded our team of Mote scientists to lead a partnership including local volunteer citizen scientists, staff from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Florida Park Service and Florida Department of Environmental Protection, to plant over 12,000 coral fragments along Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West.
Come meet us at Ocean Fest, discover our incredible marine ecosystems and be part of the science-based solution to the threats facing coral reefs and the oceans around us.
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• Dr. Richard Pierce, Mote Senior Scientist and Associate Vice President for Research, studies toxic chemicals carried by storm water runoff and other sources into the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and assesses their effects on coral reef communities, including lobster.
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Fifty percent of marine animals, organisms and plants in Florida’s saltwater environment depend on coral reefs or derive benefit from reefs during their life cycles
Over the last 40 years Florida has witnessed losses of more than 90% of indigenous coral coverage in some areas
BY THE NUMBERS The first-year survival rate for corals Mote has restored to reefs exceeds 95 percent
Florida’s legislators have appropriated $1,000,000 for Mote’s restoration that will allow Mote to restore 50,000 corals during the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years
Protect Our Reefs Grants program has provided more than $4 million in funding support for over 100 projects, including studies published in top peer-reviewed journals like Science and Nature
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Wyland paints with the kids at the 2017 Pigeon Key Art Festival. SARA MATTHIS/Keys Weekly
WYLAND TO PAINT LIVE AT OCEAN FESTIVAL
Renowned marine life artist Wyland changed the way people think about our environment when he started painting life size whales on the sides of buildings in the 1980s. Wyland always thought big. And he never stopped.
Today, the Wyland name has become synonymous with the new generation of awareness about environmental conservation. Through his unique marine life paintings, sculptures and photography, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance of marine life conservation. His life — like his art — can find him anywhere around the world, at any time, from the Antarctic ice shelf on a photo expedition to document climate change to a grassroots journey down the Mississippi River on a mission of conservation. On Saturday, April 14, Wyland will make a much-anticipated visit to Ocean Fest in Key West. He will host a painting workshop — for kids only — from 1 to 3 p.m. inside the raffle tent so children can paint alongside the master. And, from 4:15- 5:15 pm, he will take to the stage for more “live” painting and subsequent auction of the very fresh works.
The beauty that I see in the Florida Keys, one of the premiere dive destinations on the planet, is reflected in all my paintings, sculptures and murals. —Wyland
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Founded in 1993, the Wyland Foundation’s mission involves using art to promote the sustainability of the ocean, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands. With a range of public art programs, classroom science education, traveling exhibitions, grants, awards, scholarships and live events, the foundation has worked directly with more than 1 million children. Major annual and ongoing programs include the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Learn more at wylandfoundation.org
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The Protect Our Reefs license plate is one of 126 specialty license plates available in the state of Florida and it is, without question, the single most important plate we have on the road today when it comes to the future of our oceans, both here in South Florida and throughout the world. The Protect Our Reefs plate is the 9th ranked and earned over $13.2 million since inception in 2004. The Protect Our Reefs license plate not only supports coral reef restoration, research, and education, it also supports the very foundation of the entire marine ecosystem. With as much as 25 percent of all marine life dependent on coral reefs at some point during their life cycle, reefs become the feeding, breeding, and sanctuary areas for fish, dolphins, sea turtles, crabs, lobsters, and more. Coral reefs are the cornerstone of healthy oceans and when reefs are in decline, it spells trouble for the rest of the animals that depend on them. There are more than 38,000 active Protect Our Reefs license plates currently on the road today and the plates can be found on cars, trucks and boat trailers in all 67 Florida counties. Regardless of where a Protect Our Reefs plate is sold in the State of Florida, 100 percent of the annual $25 donation from each plate sale comes directly to Mote’s work in the Florida Keys. Mote shares a portion of the money through a competitive grants program with Florida colleges, universities, and research institutions such as UF, UM, USF, UCG, FWC, Smithsonian, NOVA Southeastern, Reef Relief, REEF, The Nature Conservancy, and more. These grants are targeted towards fostering scientific research partnerships and collaborations with organizations performing related work in the field of coral reef science, restoration, and education.
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DRIVE THE CHANGE FLORIDA REEF LICENSE PLATE • Created: 2004 • Plate annual fee: $25 (100% goes to Mote) • Overall State Sales Ranking: 9th of 126 • Funds Raised through 2017: $13.2 million • Where the money goes: coral reef restoration and research programs 37.5%; grants 37.5%; marketing and outreach 10%; and administration: 15%
Mote Marine Laboratory was founded by Dr. Eugenie Clark in 1955 in Placida, Florida, and was originally known as Cape Haze Marine Laboratory. Mote has five locations throughout Florida: 1. Primary Research Campus & Aquarium in Sarasota 2. Aquaculture Research Park in eastern Sarasota County 3. Outreach Office in Boca Grande 4. Field Station & public exhibit at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaryâ€™s Eco-Discovery Center in Key West 5. The Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration on Summerland Key Mote Lab earned the first LEED Gold Commercial certification in Monroe County for the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration.
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THE FACTS ABOUT MOTE Originally focused on sharks, our research has expanded to include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of manmade and natural toxins on humans and on the environment, the health of wild fisheries, developing sustainable and successful fish restocking techniques and food production technologies and the development of ocean technology to help us better understand the health of the environment.
Mote has more than 200 staff members including more than 30 Ph.D. scientists. Mote offers summer camps in Sarasota and on Summerland Key, Visit: mote.org/summercamp.
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Mote scientists were ranked #2 on the top ten most researchproductive Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) members by total publications from 19932013 in the March issue of FACETS Journal.
ABOUT MOTE Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit marine research institution comprised of world-class scientists, explorers and stewards of the ocean. Driven by research, education and excitement we work to create a better environment for ourselves and our children. The ocean is our passion. And science is our catalyst to help our oceans heal, thrive and continue to be havens of sustainable life, life-improving science and lifegiving solutions. Our vision, like our oceans, is expansive. It has to be. The challenges facing our oceans today are great. To meet and conquer them, we must do equally great things. The answers are in the ocean. Together, we will find them. We thank you for your support in making this happen.
PHOTO DR. DAVID VAUGHAN — PROGRAM MANAGER, CORAL REEF RESTORATION CHRIS PAGE — CORAL REEF RESTORATION SARAH HAMLYN — CORAL REEF RESTORATION JOEY MANDARA — CORAL REEF RESTORATION ZACHARY CRAIG — CORAL REEF RESTORATION
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PHOTO DR. ROB NOWICKI — POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW PHOTO DR. HEATHER PAGE — POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW DR. HANNA KOCH —POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
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PHOTO ERICH BARTELS — PROGRAM MANAGER, CORAL REEF MONITORING & ASSESSMENT SHELBY LUCE — CORAL REEF MONITORING & ASSESSMENT SAM RICHARDSON — CORAL REEF MONITORING & ASSESSMENT CORY WALTER — CORAL REEF MONITORING & ASSESSMENT
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AFTER IRMA: ASSESSING THE CORAL REEF
From the combined efforts from the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and the SCUBAnauts, Mote planted 500 Stagorn Coral on Hope Reef before the hurricane. Photo by CONOR GOULDING/Mote Marine Laboratory.
In the past decade, Mote scientists have planted more than 35,000 corals onto Florida’s reefs, working with multiple partners to achieve effective restoration. And in 2017, Mote opened its new Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) at its Summerland Key campus, where this Category 5 hurricane-resistant facility was soon put to the test by Hurricane Irma. IC2R3 stood strong, protecting Mote’s coral gene bank and ensuring that Mote’s crucial efforts to study and restore coral reefs, the ocean’s “rainforests,” will continue advancing.
After Irma, NOAA released this update: “Scientists from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary joined other partners from NOAA and outside organizations to conduct a rapid assessment of the Florida Coral Reef Tract, including areas in the sanctuary, following Hurricane Irma. Preliminary reports from the team found extensive shifting of sand and heavy sediment accumulation, which can smother and prevent corals from getting enough sunlight, as well as some structural damage to individual corals and the reef itself.”
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“We, along with many partners, stabilized nearly 2,000 corals,” said Sarah Fangman, Superintendent of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. “That included righting larger corals as well as caching, epoxying and wedging loose fragments and small corals to promote reattachment. We left alone many more that were reattaching themselves where they had landed. Hurricanes are natural events, but, in this case, we considered the power of the Category 4 storm and all the stresses our Florida Reef Tract was already experiencing: warming and acidifying waters, disease, and man-made damage. We felt the need to step in and give Mother Nature a hand. We are eager to see the results.” For years, Mote scientists have restored depleted coral reef areas with fragments of staghorn coral, a threatened branching species, along with massive reef-building species of brain, boulder and star corals grown in nurseries. “The impacts we saw on the natural reefs also showed the same trend, with reefs off the Lower Keys much more severely impacted than those west of where the eye passed,” said Erich Bartels, Coral Reef Monitoring &
Assessment Program Manager. “Despite the losses we saw, it’s this type of impact on corals that reminds me just how important reefs are for providing a critical storm buffer that protects our coastlines from powerful waves. We can only begin to imagine how much more severely Irma would have damaged the Keys, without our coral reef ‘shield.’” Recently, Mote Marine Laboratory’s science-based coral reef restoration initiative for the Florida Keys received major support in the State of Florida budget signed by Governor Rick Scott, Friday, March 16. A total of $500,000 was appropriated by Florida’s legislators and approved by the governor for Mote’s Coral Reef Restoration Initiative, in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Department of Environmental Protection. This is the second year Mote has received government funding for coral restoration; last year’s appropriation will allow scientists to restore 25,000 corals to Florida’s reefs in the 2018 fiscal year, and the new appropriation will allow an additional 25,000 corals to be restored in the 2019 fiscal year.
Photo by CONOR GOULDING/Mote Marine Laboratory.
Florida Keys coral reefs are the basis of a $6-billion annual economy and 71,000 jobs in Florida; reef restoration is critical for preserving and nurturing the beauty, biodiversity, cultural values and economic impact of this natural treasure. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group, and many others, have recommended the need for intensive coral reef restoration in the Florida Keys to address decades of coral loss. We want to meet this need through successful, science-based restoration strategies.” — Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President & CEO of Mote.
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BOY SCOUT BADGE MOTE AND YOUTH GROUP PARTNER FOR CORAL RESTORATION
Although the Boy Scouts of America haven’t actually broke coral yet, all the pieces are in place for its partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory. The two entities, the lab and the Boy Scout’s High Adventure Sea Base, are only mere islands apart.
“This new initiative will enhance Mote’s existing partnership with the Boy Scouts, while benefiting coral reefs and encouraging young people to excel as ocean stewards,” said Mote’s Florida Keys Community Relations Manager Allison Delashmit. The collaboration will promote education initiatives, conservation and research, citizen science and public outreach on priority ocean topics, particularly coral reef restoration and research. The two have partnered previously in the past year for interactive trainings and applications of coral restoration methods. In the pilot program, local scouts assisted Mote scientists in coral plantings at Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West. More than 12,000 fragments of five coral species were placed along a snorkel trail during the summers of 2016 and 2017.
Partnering with Mote Marine Laboratory is an amazing opportunity for our scouts to gain access to world-changing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are happening right here in our backyard while adding incredible depth to our STEM program.” — Mike Johnson, Sea Base.
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The Boy Scout’s Sea Base on Scout Key opened in the 70s with sailing programs and is currently outfitting a 45-foot vessel to serve as a floating classroom and lab as part of the partnership. This summer, the scouts will be delving their hands in the defragmentation process, helping plant the million corals Mote is dedicated to doing. “This partnership is a proof of yet another practical way that scientists and citizens, including young people, can work together to restore our reefs and help us scale up our efforts as we work toward the goal of planting one million corals,” said Dr. David Vaughan, Mote’s champion in coral restoration.
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• 2-Week Test Drive test drive a pair of state-of-the-art hearing aids for no cost or obligation for two weeks to see if you notice an improvement in your hearing. From that point, it’s up to you to decide if a listening device is right for you.
• Charging Kit get a Hearing Aid charging kit with purchase of 7 or 9-level technology If you find yourself struggling to hear, currently wear a hearing aid that you’re unsatisfied with, or are just curious about your hearing health, please take advantage of this special offer. We’re confident that you’ll love how a hearing instrument can improve your life. You have nothing to lose, so call us today to reserve your space!
Michelle Couture-Souvenir Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology, Founder and owner of Hear 4 Kidz/ Hear 4 U
222 95th Street
(305) 714-9994 HOMESTEAD
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(305) 809-7663 MARATHON
11399 Overseas Highway - Suite 7
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