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Happy World Oceans Day!

In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly passed a groundbreaking resolution to call attention to the important role our oceans play in all life on Earth. Called World Oceans Day, this annual June 8 celebration offers us an opportunity to take a minute to think about our oceans — and what we would be missing without them.

At Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, we are committed to making every day oceans day by conducting the research needed to understand the many challenges our oceans face and developing solutions to solve their problems. In April, our staff rescued this endangered leatherback sea turtle after it was entangled in fishing gear.

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Learn more about the Oceans of Opportunity Campaign by visiting

Did you know?
Our oceans produce some 70 percent of the oxygen we need to survive?
Oceans play the lead role in our climate?
That 50 to 80 percent of all life on Earth is found beneath the surface of our oceans?
Today, people all over the world are celebrating our oceans by taking action to protect, conserve and restore them. One action you can take to do your part for our oceans is to make a donation today to Oceans of Opportunity: The Campaign for Mote Marine Laboratory.

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Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 research organization based in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations in eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor and the Florida Keys. Mote is dedicated to today's research for tomorrow's oceans with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources.

Research programs include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of man-made and natural toxins on humans and on the environment, the heath 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. Mote 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.

Mote's vision includes positively impacting public policy through science-based outreach and education. Showcasing this research is The Aquarium at Mote, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Learn more at

Mote Marine Laboratory meets all requirements specified by the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act. A copy of the official registration #SC01050 and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.