About

We are an independent, nonprofit marine research institution comprising world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.

From our humble beginnings in a tiny, one-room laboratory in a small Florida town, our efforts have grown to include more than 20 diverse marine research programs. Originally focused on sharks, our research has expanded to include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of human-made and natural toxic substances 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. Our research programs also focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems.

The ocean is our passion. Science is our catalyst to help the ocean heal, thrive and continue to be a haven of sustainable life, life-improving science and life-giving solutions.

Learn more at mote.org


Our commitment to sustainable fashion

Mote Marine Laboratory works to select partners with the highest standards. Our fabric partner, Kastlfel, has the goal of producing the best possible fabrics with the least possible waste and environmental harm. And that takes time. Which is why this practice has been referred to as "the slow fashion movement."

Not only does this allow our consumers to benefit from better products, but our manufacturers and their communities benefit from greater economic equality and a radically decreased environmental footprint.