Aquaculture Research & Development

Mote is developing new, cost-effective systems to grow marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates using environmentally sound practices.

Our research includes the production and sale of farm-raised caviar from Siberian sturgeon. Mote also produces and sells sturgeon filets. Click here to learn where you can purchase these environmentally sound products.

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Why Mote Aquaculture, Why Now?

  • It's important for wild species.
  • It makes environmental sense.
  • It makes economic sense.
  • It's important for a secure food supply.

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Buy Sustainanble Mote Seafood
Tasty — and sustainably-produced — Siberian sturgeon grown at Mote is available at numerous Florida restuarants. Chefs and home cooks can purchase Mote sturgeon through several seafood distributors. Mote caviar is also sold through famous international distributors. Learn more.

Mote Research
The Center for Aquaculture Research and Development has two major research programs:

Mote aquaculture research takes place at Mote Aquaculture Research Park in eastern Sarasota County and at the Tropical Research Laboratory in the Florida Keys.

Aquaculture research at Mote includes public outreach activities like teaching kids fishing.

A major effort at Mote Aquaculture Research Park focuses on water reuse and on finding ways to dispose of any solid fish waste. Mote is working with Aquatic Plants of Florida to use wastewater from freshwater farming and solid waste from saltwater farming to grow wetlands plants for habitat restoration projects.


Project Snook
Project Snook — formed in 2010 by Addictive Fishing Television, McCabe Productions, Inc., Star brite boat wash and Mote — is an awareness and fundraising campaign designed to help science rebuild wild snook populations .

Snook — already depleted in the wild due to years of recreational fishing pressure — suffered a big hit in January 2010 during the deep freeze that descended on Florida. The record low temperatures resulted in the loss of thousands of snook. Mote scientists are working to perfect the techniques needed to use captive-breeding to help rebuild wild populations — especially in the wake of such widespread fish kills.

Addictive Fishing Television, with host Blair Wiggins, and Kevin and Patrice McCabe of McCabe Productions, Inc., have been working to tell the stories of this snook research by creating short videos that show viewers how science at Mote is working to support snook conservation. Through Project Snook, anglers also have the ability to help scientists make a difference by making a donation. “Whether it’s $5 or $500, every donation is supporting the research at Mote being used to produce snook for later release to the wild,” says Dr. Kevan Main, director of Mote's Center for Aquaculture Research and Development.

Reap What You Sow.

Aquaculture done right is a remedy for the world's food supply problem. And just as undeniable is the importance of your support for one very progressive aquaculture program.

About Us

Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.

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