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Rubio visits Mote to discuss threats to oceans

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hosted Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at its City Island campus on Thursday to discuss urgent threats facing Florida’s oceans

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hosted Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at its City Island campus on Thursday to discuss urgent threats facing Florida’s oceans, including harmful algae blooms affecting our coastlines and the significant decline of coral reefs.

Mote President & CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, and science staff from a diverse range of Mote research programs shared the latest in research and technology, while explaining the urgent need for support to continue and expand their efforts.

“Florida continues to experience growth in our tourism industry, with well over 100 million visitors each year, and many are coming to enjoy the beautiful and unique environment of Florida, including its coastal ecosystems and communities,” said Senator Rubio. “With the devastation caused by harmful algae blooms this past year along the Gulf Coast, and the coral disease that continues to spread through the Florida Reef Tract, the work that Mote Marine Laboratory is doing to address these issues have never been more important.”

In an op-ed originally published in the Miami Herald in Sept. 2018 and co-authored by Dr. Crosby and Senator Rubio, the devastation of the coral disease in the Keys, and the need for urgent, immediate action, was brought to light for readers.

Crosby said, “The red tide bloom that southwest Florida experienced this past year may be mostly gone, but our research is far from over. We are so pleased that Senator Rubio recognizes the importance of continuous funding for red tide research, even outside of years that may have a bloom of red tide.”

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