Mote’s Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration, Florida (United States), has become a new member of Species360. The Center operates four locations, each with multiple enclosures (raceways) and thousands of coral fragments. Expert teams manage the populations as they live, propagate, and grow before being transferred to new locations – including being outplanted to reefs.
The Center will use the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) to support the unique challenges of managing and propagating corals, including transfers within and between locations. Corals are transferred among enclosures as needed, and, longer term, the Center is preparing to send and receive corals from other Species360 members such as The Florida Aquarium.
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is also a Species360 member. More than 360 aquariums worldwide are members of the Species360 community and use ZIMS to record and analyze data regarding the management of animals, groups, enclosures, water quality, and more.