[USA] In the wake of last year’s unprecedented water crisis, Florida Gulf Coast University and Sarasota-based Mote Marine are joining forces to battle toxic algae.
FGCU President Mike Martin and Mote President and CEO Michael Crosby signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday that formally binds them in the fight against red tide and cyanobacteria, which periodically foul the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida’s inland and coastal waterways.
No money changes hands in the renewable five-year agreement, but each institution pledges to collaborate on research and education while developing technology to combat the outbreaks’ damages.
The recent virulent red tide and cyanobacteria emergencies were “a transformative moment – one people aren’t going to forget for a long time,” said Greg Tolley, department chair of FGCU’s Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, calling the relationship an opportunity to “pool our resources and bring them to bear on one of the most pressing water issues of our time.”
Photo: Dr. Michael Crosby (at right), President & CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, and Dr. James Llorens, provost of Florida Gulf Coast University, sign an agreement confirming their commitment to harmful algal bloom research and education. (Photo: Andrea Melendez/The News-Press)
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