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International

Marine Science Diplomacy

In 1949, Mote Founding Director EuGenie Clark, Ph.D. spent time collecting specimens for the American Museum of Natural History from Fais Island in the Pacific Ocean. Here, she enjoys a conversation outside the island chieftan’s abai.

International Roots Mote Marine Laboratory’s scientific research has a long standing history of international reach and impact. In the late 1950’s Mote co-founder Dr. Genie Clark received a prestigious collaborative grant to bring the shark research methods she developed at Mote to the Middle East. Since Dr. Clark made that first trip to the Red Sea, Mote has experienced tremendous growth both locally and internationally. Today, 19 of Mote’s scientists are working on 136 projects that take them all over the world in pursuit of science-based marine conservation programs. Mote also has in place a dozen formal partnership agreements with collaborating organizations, that allows us to bring key stakeholders together on the international stage.

A Global Vision — Mote International Center for Marine Science Diplomacy

Today’s Research | Tomorrow’s Oceans

The core of Mote’s 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan is to significantly expand the institution’s world-class marine science research and deliver responsible public service to local, regional, national and international communities. As an internationally recognized and trusted leader in marine science, Mote is able to bring key stakeholders together for the

purpose of developing innovative solutions to the most pressing environmental issues, while also easing tensions on the international world stage through cooperative marine science programs. To this end, Mote seeks to employ marine science partnerships as a vehicle for doing much more than just “good science”, by establishing an International Center for Marine Science Diplomacy. As an independent organization, Mote is uniquely positioned to serve as a catalyst for improving international relations through cooperative marine science action while providing nations with competing interests a forum in which to build international partnerships, improve trans-boundary relationships and facilitate goodwill between peoples of differing cultures. The Mote International Center for Marine Science Diplomacy will be a conduit for international research partnerships, sharing best practices for science-based marine conservation and sustainable-use and establishing positive working relationships between the next generation of scientists around the world. The following international marine science partnerships serve as examples of the groundbreaking models that Mote seeks to expand upon.

The Red Sea Marine Peace Park Cooperative Research, Monitoring and Management Program (RSMPP Program) The RSMPP was a joint undertaking between the government of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that fostered trans-boundary cooperation leading to greater conservation and sustainable use of the outstanding coral reef ecosystems. Mote CEO, Dr. Michael Crosby, was instrumental in brokering the 1995 agreement between the two nations and served as director of this novel multi-year trans-boundary program.

Tri-national Partnership The U.S., Mexico and Cuba share the Gulf of Mexico and the challenges of marine


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Unprecedented Opportunity

Mote President Michael Crosby, Ph.D.(in the blue cap) worked with scientists from Israel and Jordan in the Gulf of Aqaba when he was director of the Red Sea Marine Peace Park Research and Monitoring Program.

conservation and sustainable use of these shared resources. It is the goal of the tri-national partnership to conduct joint research and monitoring of key species and threats to the gulf’s biodiversity and critical habitats, and develop an integrated science-based management system. Mote scientists have built relationships with marine researchers in Mexico and Cuba that have served as a foundation for multi-national policy that promote conservation and sustainable-use of our shared gulf resources.

The Gulf of Aqaba Research Consortium (GoARC) Looking to the future, Mote has proposed an exciting new marine science

partnership in the Middle East that would see our partners in the region establish the Gulf of Aqaba Research Consortium (GoARC) program that would enhance the capacity of countries bordering the Gulf of Aqaba (Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) to conduct marine science and support partnership efforts promoting sustainable use and conservation of marine resources. Mote currently has partnership agreements with Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and is working on establishing a similar formal partnership agreement with Egypt. GoARC would be implemented through trans-boundary partnerships of the Gulf of Aqaba nations, facilitated through Mote.

Mote Marine Laboratory is one of the only marine research facilities around the world focusing on international marine science diplomacy. The success of Mote’s International Center for Marine Science Diplomacy will create a paradigm shift – forever altering the way marine science is conducted around the world. In order to ensure the success of the International Center for Marine Science Diplomacy, Mote must secure the funding needed to support scientists’ salaries and travel costs. This funding will allow Mote scientists to establish and execute international cooperative partnerships with some of the most prestigious marine research institutions around the world – thus elevating marine conservation and strengthening international relations. Please consider making a game-changing gift to one of Mote’s dynamic research tracks.

Contact: Tom Waters Mote Marine Laboratory 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 388-4441, ext. 352 waters@mote.org

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT F u n di ng area

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Cooperative Travel Award

Funding award to cover all travel costs associated with executing an international cooperative partnership. A scholarly service award would entail either sending a Mote scientist abroad or hosting an international scientist to conduct research at Mote Marine Laboratory.

Full International Cooperative Project Funding

Fully support base salary & fringe, plus travel costs associated with executing a cooperative international research project such as those outlined above.

A n n ual cost

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A n n ual cost

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$30,000 – One scholarly travel award

$600,000– Fully endows one continually rotating scholarly travel award.

$225,000 – One international cooperative project

$4,500,000 – Fully endow one continually rotating full international cooperative projecting funding award.

Case for Support: Center for International Marine Science Diplomacy  
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