Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Mote Aquaculture Research Park

Contact: Blanca Diaz

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 25

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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 “If you love the environment, then consider a career in sustainable aquaculture!”

Are you concerned that fish and marine ecosystems are disappearing? Do you want to make a difference? Come learn what MOTE’s Aquaculture Research Park is doing to help ocean environments. Learn skills needed to obtain a job in this field. Experience how passion translates to the release of fish and habitat restoration.  See first-hand demonstrations from the department experts as per the following three rotations:


Rotation one (15 minute station): Counting Zooplankton.

  1. Career areas include: Aquaculture, Fisheries, Aquarist, Husbandry
  2. Students will learn the skill of counting zooplankton (live food) for fish.
  3. Soft Skill Activity: Students will understand how important accurate record-keeping is.

Rotation two (15 minute station):  Aquaponics.

  1. Career areas include: Food Safety, Aquaponics, Farming
  2. Hands-on activities include: Harvesting and preparing sea vegetables for market.

Rotation three: (15 minute station): Fish Assessment.

  1. Career areas include: Fisheries, Aquaculture, General Science
  2. Students will learn how to weigh and measure fish.


Many students decide at an early age that they would like to become a marine biologist, passionate about saving our seas. It is never too early to prepare and explore career options. Mote Marine Laboratory, a real-world workplace, will help with that preparation by exposing students to career options, from program managers to environmental researchers. Interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills are essential. Students will not only hear about the rewards, but partake in daily tasks to more deeply understand the skills of the profession. Mote Aquaculture Research Park has experienced worldwide recognition…especially for the growing and releasing of thousands of fingerling snook into our waterways. Dr. Kevan Main, world renowned aquaculture expert and former president of the World Aquaculture Association, has led Mote’s aquaculture research team and guided development of recirculating aquaculture systems to farm marine fish, while recycling 100% of the salt water and using fish waste to fertilize wetland plants.

This career exploration will foster the connections between what is being taught in the classroom and career aspirations.

When teachers, students and parents can assess meaningful connections and transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the real world, everyone benefits.

THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY is serving as the coordinating organization for the EdExploreSRQ Interactive (or Experiential) Career Series. 



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