Mote to enhance your home’s waterfront wildlife

Do you live on the water and want to see more fish, wading birds and other wildlife?

The Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum — a coalition of community members, scientists, resource managers and others who love fish — seeks to enhance qualified waterfront properties to support aquatic life.

Would your waterfront property benefit from mangroves, other vegetation or related enhancements that attract fish to stay, feed and shelter their young?

To learn whether your yard is a candidate for these free, fish-friendly plantings, contact Dr. Ryan Schloesser at: rschloesser@mote.org

Scientists have found that fish move right into appropriately enhanced habitats.

For instance, artificial reef structures can draw fish within hours of deployment. Planted areas in lakes or along creek banks are known to have far greater numbers of fish than open water, and juvenile snook will spend significantly more time at shorelines with vegetation than those without it.

Your waterfront property may be one of those special places that increases the overall fish population, or it might be enhanced to do so with strategic improvements.

Project partners include Dr. Ryan Schloesser of Mote Marine Laboratory, Mollie Holland of the Sarasota County Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team and Darcy Young with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. Together with the Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum, they will try to identify what kind of improvement is right for your property. Learn more about the Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum at: facebook.com/SarasotaBayForum


Party on the Pass to benefit Mote’s animal hospitals

Mote Marine Laboratory invites the community to come “batten down the hatches” for the signature event supporting Mote’s hospitals for sea turtles, dolphins and whales.

This year marks the 10th annual Party on the Pass, a casual evening of good food, good fun and good will. Party on the Pass 2018 will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Aquarium courtyard.

Multiple dishes will be provided by Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants: Michael’s on East, Seafood Shack, Fins at Sharky’s, Pacific Rim, Euphemia Haye, Pier 22, Mattison’s, Harry’s Continental Kitchen, Oasis Café, Chiles Restaurant Group and Mote’s Deep Sea Diner. Beer/wine is provided. Cash bar available. Tickets start at $125 per person.

Mote’s animal hospitals have rehabilitated more than 71 dolphins and whales since 1992 and more than 635 sea turtles since 1995. The primary mission of the hospitals’ work is to rehabilitate these animals and return them to the wild, at the same time gaining information that will expand knowledge of the biology, disease processes, and veterinary care of these animals.

Purchase tickets at mote.org/party or by contacting Sofie Wachtmeister at 941-388-4441, ext. 394.

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