Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU.) This kicks off a partnership that addresses the impacts of harmful algal blooms (HAB) to Florida’s environment, economy and quality of life.

This MOU was signed Thursday by Mote President/CEO Michael P. Crosby and FGCU President Michael V. Martin. It sets the framework for future collaboration between the two organizations.

Mote and The Water School at FGCU will be pursuing productive scientific research, innovative technology development, and undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on harmful algal blooms.

Several opportunities for partnership between the two organizations are outlined in the MOU, with a term of five years and the option to renew.