Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota FL 34236

The advancement of marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach, leading to new discoveries, revitalization and sustainability of our oceans and greater public understanding of our marine resources.


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Michael P. Crosby PhD, FLS
Board Chair Robert E. Essner
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1977
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Other Documents
Annual ReportView
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Impact Statement

With the goal of promoting responsible marine conservation and sustainable use, Mote has helped millions of people of all ages learn more about the marine environment through its vast education and outreach programs. Mote research, which includes more than 20 distinct programs, has conducted hundreds of studies that have advanced marine science and that have informed public policy on issues critical to ocean health and the economy of Southwest Florida. Some examples of the impact of Mote’s efforts in 2017 include:

· Coral Reef Research & Restoration: Mote completed a pilot effort, planting more than 40,000 corals in the Florida Keys, working to scale up its restoration with the long-term goal to restore 25% of the coral in that area.

· Science Education: Mote programs reached over 35,000 children and adults, including 10,000 underserved and underrepresented children and youth who participated through Strategic Partnerships, a community-based, STEM learning program with partner organizations in our community.

· Rescue and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals: Mote responded to hundreds of alerts to help sick, injured and deceased sea turtles, dolphins and small whales on our beaches and in our local waterways.

2020 Goals as Defined by Mote’s Vision & Strategic Plan

· Significantly increase Mote's ability to conduct world-class research with an emphasis on conservation, sustainable use and environmental health of marine and coastal biodiversity, habitats, and resources.

· Ensure long-term prosperity of research enterprise through focused staff recruitment and nurturing programs.

· Translate and transfer science and technology development to positively impact human society and the marine environment.

· Provide continued public service to our communities.


Needs Statement

As an independent, nonprofit, marine science organization, Mote must rely on the generosity of its supporters to accomplish its mission. In a university or governmental setting, guaranteed support would be available through routine legislative budgets or tuition revenue.  Mote’s independence however is one of the organization's greatest strengths allowing Mote the flexibility to define its own research activities based on our communities’ needs and our scientists’ expertise. Supporting Mote helps provide the financial foundation needed to continue this work for many years to come. The organization’s many accomplishments to date would not have been possible without this support.  


Background Statement

Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote) is an internationally-recognized marine research organization dedicated to the advancement of marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach leading to new discoveries, revitalization and sustainability of our oceans and greater public understanding of marine resources.

Founded by Dr. Eugenie Clark in 1955, Mote has grown significantly from its original one-room laboratory to a 10.5 acre campus in Sarasota, FL, with field stations in eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor and the Florida Keys. Mote is home to more than 200 staff, including more than 30 PhD scientists, and over 20 research programs focused on conservation and sustainable use of our oceans. Mote research areas include:

  • Understanding the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on coral reefs and developing successful methods for restoration
  • Discovering compounds from the marine environment to fight human cancers and infections
  • Developing sustainable aquaculture systems for food production and restocking of fisheries
  • Improving water quality and implementing potential control and mitigation efforts for harmful algal blooms
  • Adding to understanding and conservation of marine animals, including manatees, sharks, dolphins, rays and turtles
  • Rescuing and rehabilitating dolphins, small whales and sea turtles

Mote also presents a variety of structured and informal science education programs, and Mote Aquarium builds ocean literacy and environmental awareness. Together, Mote research, education, Aquarium and hospital programs address environmental issues of international concern, adding to scientific knowledge of the oceans on a global scale.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
State Wide
Areas Served Comments

Mote's contribution to the economic well-being of our local, regional and state economies is estimated to be $86.8 million. In addition to providing research, education and outreach that helps our local communities from understanding red tide to restoring diminishing corals Mote’s research also has global impacts. One of Mote’s four strategic goals is to translate and transfer science and technology development to positively impact human society and the marine environment around the world. 

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Science & Technology
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Dear Friends,

In 2017, Mote Marine Laboratory’s research and education programs took on some of the oceans’ toughest challenges and set the stage for decades of discovery and positive impacts.

This year, Mote opened its new Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) at its Summerland Key campus, where this Category 5 hurricane-resistant facility was soon put to the test by Hurricane Irma. IC2R3 stood strong, protecting Mote’s coral gene bank and ensuring that Mote’s crucial efforts to study and restore coral reefs, the ocean’s “rainforests,” will continue advancing. In November, IC2R3 became the first LEED Gold Commercial-certified facility in Monroe County, Florida, recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction.

Also in 2017, Mote’s shark- and fisheries-focused programs made bold advances, from testing new fisheries monitoring technology and studying how to expand the market for sustainably farmed seafood to informing national-level discussions of the shark fin trade.

All of Mote’s diverse research programs, which number more than 20 and focus on marine animals, ecosystems and molecular- and cellular-level processes relevant to ocean and human health, have made exciting progress this year.

Mote scientists authored or co-authored 59 peer-reviewed, scientific journal articles, guest-edited a special issue of a scientific journal, authored or edited three books and six chapters, produced two published conference proceedings and 94 Mote technical reports.

Mote’s education and outreach programs helped nearly 400,000 people become more ocean literate and empowered as environmental stewards. Of those, an estimated 37,821 participated in Mote’s structured education classes, including 9,658 who were served by Mote’s community outreach programs that bring science education to under-served and under-represented populations, and 333,000 visitors experienced stellar, informal science education at Mote’s Aquarium. These preliminary numbers will be finalized after December programs conclude.

In December, Mote opened a striking new exhibit: “Sea Debris: Awareness through Art” featuring the ocean trash sculptures of “Washed Ashore.” These massive sculptures — a great white shark, sea turtle, whale ribcage and other marine artworks made of trash from Oregon’s coast — invite visitors to learn how trash harms ocean ecosystems why keeping the ocean clean is both fun and fundamentally important. The exhibit is open through June 15, 2018.

These accomplishments are only possible through the incredible support of philanthropic donors and Mote’s outstanding Board of Trustees, staff of more than 200, and 1,665 dedicated volunteers.

In the near future, Mote will work toward a rebirth of its informal science education facility, Mote Aquarium, at a new location. This will vastly enhance the scope of and access to Mote’s informal science education and outreach programs, while allowing the Lab to significantly expand its research infrastructure on the existing City Island campus — helping this site to serve as the catalyst for development of a silicon valley of marine science and technology in southwest Florida.

This is an exhilarating time in Mote Marine Laboratory’s history and we cannot do it without the community.  Thank you for your ongoing support.

Dr. Michael P. Crosby

President & CEO


Not only do coral reefs protect our shorelines during hurricanes, they also generate billions for the Florida economy through food production, jobs and tourism. Our reefs, once expansive in their diversity, have faced drastic declines because of human and environmental impact. Mote is working to understand how reefs are changing so that we may protect and restore them for the future.

In our research, Mote is identifying which coral species have the greatest chances for survival in future ocean conditions based on expected changes in climate and known disease. These corals are grown in our nursery and Mote scientists out-plant them to restore depleted reefs with the goal to rebuild these reefs in our lifetimes. While ambitious, this goal is truly achievable: using a novel, Mote-developed technology, we are now able to restore in one to two years massive corals that would require hundreds of years to recover in the wild.

Budget $2,500,000
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International
Short Term Success

Mote is the only organization working to restore large reef-building coral species as informed by principal research on coral health and disease and changing environmental conditions. This approach ensures that out-planted coral species have the best chance for resiliency and survival well into the future. To date, Mote has planted more than 40,000 corals in a pilot effort to help restore Florida’s reef. Average survival rates exceed 90%.

Long Term Success

Mote is scaling up this groundbreaking work with the ultimate goal to restore 25% of the coral coverage in the Florida Keys. The State of Florida recently appropriated $500,000 for Mote to begin these efforts in 2018. Importantly, Mote has begun conducting workshops and training visiting scientists on these new techniques in an effort to contribute to jumpstarting similar efforts around the globe.

Program Success Monitoring

Quantitative and qualitative metrics help to ensure Mote’s ongoing progress toward its long-term goals of restoring coral reefs around the world and sharing knowledge and technology with partner institutions everywhere. These include tracking the number of corals out-planted, testing various genetic strains of corals for future resiliency, documenting best practices for restoration and more.

Program Success Examples

Mote’s new Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) in the Florida Keys, the southernmost marine research laboratory in the nation, opened in May 2017. The facility is wholly dedicated to coral reef research and restoration and to understanding the impacts of climate change on marine organisms – especially corals. IC2R3 offers wet and dry labs, residential and office space and two indoor and one outdoor classrooms for visiting scientists and students.

Now more than ever, efforts to restore coral reef ecosystems around the world are critical to both healthy oceans and local economies. Mote is deeply committed to this work and we are actively seeking investors to help us continue developing and sharing break-through technologies in sustainable coral reef restoration. Mote is also partnering with many institutions and individuals on this important work— locally, nationally, and internationally.


When wild marine mammals and sea turtles get sick or injured, Mote is there to help, providing 24-hour first responder services to threatened and endangered species. Our Stranding Investigations team responds to over 500 calls annually on average.

Live animals that need life-saving medical care are brought to our specialty hospitals for immediate treatment and sometimes long-term care so we can return them to the wild. For those that cannot be released, Mote cares for their every need including medication, training, special therapeutic activities and much more.

Our work supports wild populations in Southwest Florida and beyond. What makes us unique is how we couple our rehabilitation and care programs with research that can be used to adapt better strategies to help save species, rehabilitate and care for wounded and sick animals, protect habitats, solve ocean-related problems and educate millions.

Budget $700,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Marine Animals Preservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International
Short Term Success

In 2017, Mote rescued, rehabilitated and released 17 stranded juvenile and adult sea turtles. Sea turtles, depending on the species, are threatened or endangered. Upon release, Mote outfits some turtles with satellite tags that allow us to follow their progress in the wild so that we can determine the success of treatment and gather information that can be used to better understand these animals.

Long Term Success

Long-term success is measured in the knowledge gained and the conservation and protection of these animals in the wild. Our work helps:

· Improve knowledge of diseases, including prognosis, diagnosis and treatment.

· Increase opportunities to discover emerging threats, including diseases and issues related to human activities — and the potential that this early identification provides for intervention.

· Support better management policies at the local, state, federal and international levels.

· Provide increased public literacy about these species and the threats they face in the wild as part of a broader Mote mission of public outreach and education.

· As part of our long-term data gathering, Mote also houses the Ruth DeLynn Cetacean Osteological Collection of more than 650 cetacean specimens representing 20 dolphin and whale species collected over 25 years. This data is used to further research and was most recently helped to verify a hybrid dolphin species.

Program Success Monitoring

Hospital records are kept on our patients similar to human medical records. The Ruth DeLynn Osteological Collection is also certified by the American Society of Mammalogists, which called the collection’s scientific value “unsurpassed.” The accreditation is the highest seal of approval that such collections can receive and marks the quality and scientific value of the collection.

We also measure success by the number of animals that are successfully treated and returned to the wild and new findings shared formally and informally with other organizations and through publication in peer review journals and through professional societies.

Program Success Examples

Ginger is a bottlenose dolphin who was rescued by Mote’s Stranding Investigations team on Siesta Key Beach in December 2008. Ginger had pneumonia and required around-the-clock care by Mote veterinary staff and volunteers. After several weeks of care and rehabilitation, Ginger was deemed healthy and ready to be released to her natural habitat in February 2009.

To this day, members of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program — the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population, which is a partnership between Mote and the Chicago Zoological Society — keep tabs on her during their regular dolphin surveys.

In the summer of 2017, Ginger’s story began a new chapter when she, and her new calf, were observed in Sarasota Bay.


Saltwater sport fishing generates nearly $7 billion and supports roughly 70,000 jobs in Florida. In order to ensure we can sustain recreational fishing for years to come, Mote is working to improve current sportfish populations by developing new sustainable methods to raise snook and other species of fish for restocking to relieve pressure on wild populations.

At our 200-acre Mote Aquaculture Research Park (MAP) located in eastern Sarasota County, scientists are developing innovative water filtration and animal husbandry techniques to produce high-value marine and freshwater species for restocking and for human consumption. This state-of-the-art aquaculture facility is replenishing snook, pioneering marine aquaponics research, investigating pompano as an aquaculture species and creating viable business models suitable for adoption by the private sector. MAP is the largest research facility in the U.S. focused on developing recirculating aquaculture methods.

Budget $3,000,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International
Short Term Success

Mote’s aquaculture and fisheries research is able to produce sea vegetables as part of its integrated aquaculture system. Some of these vegetables are used by restaurants and can be purchased at local farmers markets.

Mote’s research is focused on new ways to clean and re-use fresh and salt water in recirculating aquaculture systems that simultaneously grow fish, sea vegetables and plants with minimal impact on natural resources — especially water. In 2015, Mote began testing this technology at a prototype scale, producing a single redfish crop that was available to local markets for a 3-month period. Mote repeated the prototype-scale trial in 2016, demonstrating higher production efficiency of the fish and identifying expanded market opportunities for the fish and vegetables being produced within this system.

Long Term Success

More than 90% of the seafood consumed in this country is imported and over fifty percent of that is produced through aquaculture systems outside of the U.S. Imported seafood is responsible for the second largest trade deficit in the U.S. economy, second only to oil. Mote is striving to jumpstart domestic aquaculture production with a focus on ecologically friendly and cost-effective systems.

Program Success Monitoring

Mote’s aquaculture and fisheries research success is monitored through quantity and quality of fish production, novel techniques developed, and measured stock enhancement efforts. Publication of scientists work in peer-review scientific research journals is another critical measure of success.

Program Success Examples

Mote has been able to close the life cycle of snook, raising the species to maturity and spawning in a laboratory setting. This breakthrough is a critical success. Further research to improve the survival of snook larvae is needed in order to translate this success to a large scale hatchery for the state of Florida, with the potential to restock depleted snook populations in habitats.

Mote is now developing integrated aquaculture technology with the goal of transferring this capability for commercial use by small farmers to diversify and sustain their productivity. Researchers are also restocking the local waters with marine fish that have been grown in the laboratory setting.


When most people think of Mote, they may not think of finding a cure for cancer, or discovering better treatments for antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections or severe wounds. But in fact, Mote has extensive biomedical programs that are working on these exact issues.

In recent years, Mote’s biomedical research with shark immune cells has led to the groundbreaking discovery of compounds that inhibit the growth of 15 types of human cancer, while leaving healthy cells largely unaffected. Mote is hopeful to translate this stunning finding into treatments for improved patient outcomes. Our goal is to use our discoveries about the biomedical processes that allow sharks and rays to avoid disease and heal quickly from injuries and translate them into applications to benefit human medical care.

Budget $1,000,000
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Biological & Life Sciences
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International
Short Term Success

Continued understanding and knowledge generated by study of characteristics of sharks, skates and rays that have the potential to positively impact human health and medicine. Mote is actively working to move these technologies closer to market. Some of this work relies on critical partnerships, which Mote is actively working to forge.

Long Term Success

The long-term goal of this program is to develop novel treatments for some of the most difficult to treat cancers and improved therapies for wound-healing and infection from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Program Success Monitoring

Program success is measured by the new discoveries made, scientific publications produced and new knowledge generated for the benefit of understanding biomedical pathways under study.

Program Success Examples

Mote scientists made the groundbreaking discovery of compounds that inhibit the growth of 15 types of human cancer, while leaving healthy cells largely unaffected.


The Gulf of Mexico is known for its beautiful beaches and coastal culture, fisheries and other ecologically and economically important marine resources. However, harmful algal blooms (HABs) can deter tourists, kill fish, close shellfish harvest areas and cause beachgoers to cough and sneeze due to airborne toxins. People with chronic respiratory disorders may even end up in the emergency room.

So far, there is no tried-and-true way to combat some of the most challenging HABs without risk to the Gulf’s sensitive ecosystems. However, Mote and partners have led innovative research for decades, and are working on developing novel approaches and technologies to address the critical need for prevention, control and mitigation.

Budget $3,000,000
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International
Short Term Success

Outreach is a key component of Mote’s Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms programs. We have developed innovative products to disseminate information about Florida red tides, such as the Beach Conditions Reporting System ( Mote also engages members of the community in monitoring red tide and other HABs through its Citizen Science app, a new app for your personal smartphone, which allows you to upload data and information useful to Mote researchers.

Long Term Success Mote researchers are studying the effect of natural compounds produced by macroalgae that are shown to kill or inhibit the growth of the algae responsible for red tide in laboratory studies. Over time, this could result in development of strategies to help control red tide.

We are also studying the use of ozone to mitigate the effects of HABs in localized areas. Mote has patented an ozone application system, which can be used to clean up areas affected by red tide and jumpstart recovery of the area. Preliminary research suggests the system may hold promise for use in closed canals, where concentrated red tide can have notable impacts. More research is needed to validate the effectiveness and safety of this method.

Program Success Monitoring

Quantitative and qualitative metrics help to ensure Mote’s ongoing progress toward its long-term goals of investigating harmful toxins in the environment, developing new technologies to identify and monitor them, assessing impacts from exposure to living natural resources in order to protect public health and enhance Florida’s economy, and publishing and presenting research findings.

Program Success Examples

Mote works with many partners—from state and federal agencies to universities— to ensure water quality in our state. One such program is with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in a cooperative monitoring and research program to assist with the State of Florida's goals of red tide monitoring and mitigation of negative impacts. Mote’s technology to aid in the monitoring of red tide and HABs, such as robotic gliders that carry instruments to monitor harmful algae as well as measure water temperature, depth, salinity and other conditions that may influence algal blooms. Mote is also developing a new hand-held, rapid-response detector, which could be used in a variety of applications to help improve public health and safety related to red tide.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Michael P. Crosby PhD, FLS
CEO Term Start May 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email

Dr. Crosby has more than 30 years of diverse research, teaching, science management and leadership endeavors. He has gained experience and expertise in developing, managing and conducting multi-disciplinary research and overseeing programs through his interactions, involvement and partnerships with numerous universities, national and international science and resource management agencies, programs and committees. Many of these endeavors focused on improving the synthesis, translation and transfer of science and technical information between research, public policy and stakeholder communities. During a great deal of his career, he played an active role in directly leading national and international multi-disciplinary research programs, as well as developing national policy and administrative aspects for our country’s science programs.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Dr. Kumar Mahadevan Oct 1977 - May
Senior Staff
Mr. Dan Bebak Vice President of Education, Aquarium and Public Outreach
Mrs. Erin Kabinoff Chief Development Officer
Mrs. Dena Smith Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration
Mr. Derek Templeton P.E.Vice President, Facilities
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 185
Part Time Staff 38
Staff Retention Rate % 85
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 7
Volunteers 1642
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Education Collaboration examples:
AMI Kids
Booker High School
Boys and Girls Club of Manatee and Sarasota Counties
Children First 
Ed Explore SRQ
Florida Marine Science Educators
Girls, Inc. 
Kinnan Elementary School 
Laurel Civic Association After School Program
Salvation Army 
Sarasota Bay Watch 
Science and Environment Council of Sarasota
University of South Florida 
Willis Elementary School 
YMCA Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties
Research Collaboration examples:
Chicago Zoological Society/The Brookfield Zoo
Disney’s Animal Programs, Walt Disney World Resorts
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
The Nature Conservancy
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
Solutions To Avoid Red Tide 
Southwest Florida Water Management District 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Marine Mammal Commission
University of Florida, Whitney Marine Lab
University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, Center for Ocean Technology
Wildlife Trust 
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Zoos and Aquariums Association - Accreditation2013
American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation
Awards & Recognition
Cultural Organization of the YearThe Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2013
Pay It Forward AwardThe Patterson Foundation2013
Traveler's Choice AwardTripAdvisor2014
Best in ShowVisitFlorida2015
Pinnacle Award, SeaTrek ProgramCenter for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)2015
Best Tourist AttractionSarasota Magazine, Best of Sarasota2015
Traveler's Choice AwardTripAdvisor2015
Image AwardFlorida Public Relations Association2016
Fellow of the World Award, Senior Scientist Dr. Kevan MainWorld Aquaculture Society2016
Second Place, Love Your Volunteers Photo ContestGulf Coast Community Foundation2016
Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood, Senior Scientist Dr. Kevan MainThe White House2016
Parker/Gentry Award, Senior Scientist Dr. David VaughanThe Field Museum2017
Interactive Video Conferencing Professional Learning Network Content Provider Award, SeaTrek ProgramInternational Society for Technology in Education2017
Reader's Choice Award - Best Local Children's AttractionSarasota Herald-Tribune2017
Reader's Choice Award - Runner up for Best Local Tourist AttractionSarasota Herald-Tribune2017
Best Local Children's AttractionSRQ Magazine2017
Nonprofit of the Year, Environment & Animals CategoryTampa Bay Business Journal2017
Pinnacle Award, SeaTrek ProgramCenter for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)2017
Flagler Award, Best of Show for tourism marketing budgets under $500,000VISIT FLORIDA2015
Judges’ Award, Special Events category for the Tropical Research Laboratory demolition eventFlorida Public Relations Association2016
Best of Category, Oceanic Evening Invitation PackageFlorida Print Awards2016
Pinnacle Award, SeaTrek ProgramCenter for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)2016
Best Area AttractionSarasotaOUT Awards2017
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Risk Management Provisions
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Water Craft and Aircraft
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 10
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2010
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization

Today, we are ready to embark in 2017 on our 62nd year as an organization dedicated to science-based conservation and supporting the sustainable use of our ocean resources. Since its creation, Mote has been dedicated to scientific research for the betterment of society and Mote 

Our vision for the future includes a revitalized research park at our main Sarasota campus as a place where nonprofit, educational and business partnerships focused on innovative science and technology will thrive. This park will promote innovation and economic diversity. At the same time, we remain invested in educating and supporting the next generation of ocean leaders- the next generation scientists and today’s students who will be tomorrow’s decision makers. We have many exciting plans for the coming decades.

In 2017, as we celebrate our 62nd year, we will also be remembering where we have been and honoring those who have helped us get here. Mote was built on three principles — the passion for research held by our founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark, partnership with the community who joined us in many of our efforts and, importantly, the philanthropic support provided first by Ann and William Vanderbilt and, later, by William R. Mote and so many others over the years.

We hope you share our passion for the future and will join with us as we look ahead to the next six decades.


Michael P. Crosby, Ph.D., FLS

President & CEO 

Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Robert E. Essner
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term May 2017 to May 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Arthur Armitage Retired
Gene Beckstein Retired
Mickey Callanen Retired
Paul Carreiro Infor
Robert E. Carter Carter
Ronald D. Ciaravella Dolphin Aviation
Scott Collins Fiduciary Wealth Advisors
Dr. Michael P. Crosby Mote Marine Laboratory President
Lt. Gen. Howard G. Crowell Retired
Maurice Cunniffe Retired
John Dart Adams & Reese
Frederick M. Derr P.E.Frederick Derr & Co., Inc.
Richard O. Donegan Retired
Dean Eisner Retired
James D. Ericson Northwest Mutual
Robert Essner Retired
Susan C. Gilmore Community Volunteer
Judy Graham Graham Interiors
Penelope Kingman Community Volunteer
Trudo Letschert Self-Employed
Kirk Malcolm Retired
Elizabeth Moore Community Volunteer
G. Lowe Morrison Sabal Trust Company
Nigel Mould Community Volunteer
Mr. Randall Ridenour Morgan Stanley
Alan Rose Community Volunteer
Howard Sam Seider Jr., M.D.Retired
Jeanie Stevenson Community Volunteer
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 28
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 23
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $16,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,951,404.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $15,000,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Oceans of Opportunity raised funds to strengthen our annual research operations, grow our endowment and build a new laboratory space in the Florida Keys, the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3).
Campaign Goal $50,000,000.00
Campaign Dates 0 to July 2016
Amount Raised To Date 52000000 as of Apr 2017
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$5,635,674$4,254,971$3,591,480
Individual Contributions$1,842,388$8,745,779$2,863,407
Investment Income, Net of Losses($606,523)($231,104)$704,773
Membership Dues$702,718$866,191$888,032
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$93,140$931,939$718,725
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$13,512,721$17,507,026$17,504,132
Administration Expense$1,821,042$2,337,905$2,153,545
Fundraising Expense$1,070,392$1,801,359$1,618,797
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.861.190.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%14%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$51,490,761$52,856,042$50,103,916
Current Assets$12,440,899$14,049,728$9,366,603
Long-Term Liabilities$15,103,303$7,387,017$8,595,375
Current Liabilities$2,249,220$9,108,634$9,205,625
Total Net Assets$34,138,238$36,360,391$32,302,916
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $2,936,917Program Service Revenue $11,135,983Admission Fees $3,211,437
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,842,388Contributions, gifts, grants $8,745,779Contributions, gifts, grants $2,863,407
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $1,776,706Government Grants - State $2,760,388Government Grants - State $2,344,106
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $200,001 - Plus
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.531.541.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets29%14%17%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Throughout its history, Mote has helped to protect and save endangered species and their habitats, solve emerging marine-related challenges, provide expert data and analysis to policy makers, and educate scores of children, youth, and adults.

Mote enjoys robust public and private support derived from local, state and federal agencies (approximately 55-60% of the annual operating budget), private philanthropy (30-35% of budget) and earned revenue (approximately 10% of budget). Overhead costs are kept low, with only 11% of Mote’s budget earmarked for administrative costs and 7% for fundraising. Private philanthropic investment required to support Mote’s general operating budget for FY17 was $2.6M.

While the list of individuals, foundations, corporations and government entities that provide unrestricted and program support to Mote is too long to enumerate here, a few key supporters include the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Carol and Barney Barnett, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the National Science Foundation and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. In addition, Mote enjoys 100% Trustee giving including several individual commitments of $1M or more in support of Mote’s recent Oceans of Opportunity campaign, which raised nearly $52 million. A full list of philanthropic funders above $5,000 is included in Mote’s Annual Report.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Reporting period changed from Jan 1 - Dec 31 to Oct 1 - Sep 30.
Financial information was taken from the audited consolidated financial statements for Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc and subsidiaries.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  The value of non-cash contributions were included in revenue.
Nonprofit Mote Marine Laboratory
Address 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone 941 388-4441

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