Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium - Sarasota, Florida

Situated in the Lower Florida Keys and only 24 miles from Key West, Mote's Tropical Research Laboratory (TRL) is a fully equipped marine science facility dedicated to marine research, education, and conservation.

In addition to providing a base of operation for Mote Marine Laboratory research programs in the Florida Keys, the Tropical Research Laboratory is open to any marine research or education programs. The facility is located within easy access to a variety of nearby habitats, including reefs, sea-grass meadows, near-shore hard-grounds, mangrove forests and unique terrestrial communities, most within the protection of National Wildlife Refuges and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  The facility offers accommodations, a fully equipped dry laboratory, classroom with modern A/V equipment, indoor and outdoor wet labs, raceways and larger outdoor seawater holding tanks, vessels from 18'-25', SCUBA support, high-speed internet connection, and a marine science library.

The wide variety of research and education programs conducted at the TRL reflect the diversity of Mote's staff and experience. Current programs with ongoing research at the TRL include Mote's Centers for Coral Reef Research, Aquaculture Research and Development, Shark Research, Eco-Toxicology, Fisheries Enhancement, and Marine Mammal Research.

The broad array of nearby habitats, combined with well equipped facilities and an experienced and knowledgeable staff, makes the Tropical Research Laboratory the ideal location for marine research and education programs in the Lower Florida Keys.


Proceeds from the "Protect Our Reefs" license plate go to support marine research, education, and conservation efforts throughout Florida......more>


Mote Marine Laboratory - Tropical Research Laboratory
24244 Overseas Highway, Summerland Key, Florida 33042
(305)745-2729 - (305) 745-2730(FAX) -

TRL is a fully equipped marine research and education facility, with housing, vessels, dry labs, raceways and tanks, SCUBA support, and more.

Fully equipped dry laboratory

Research vessels and SCUBA support

Experienced and knowledgeable staff