The American Fisheries Society (AFS) has established the William R. Mote Fisheries Fellowship. This fellowship will support a single award to two (2) graduate students per year, who are working in research that focusing on the conservation and sustainability of fisheries species considered popular for recreation. Eligible fisheries include those found in both marine and freshwater environments. Eligible applicants will be invited to apply for the award next year; 2021 will also be the first year the fellowship is awarded. The initial funding for this award was provided by the Mote Scientific Foundation.
About William Russell Mote
Born in 1906 in Tampa, Florida, Mr. William Russell Mote grew up by the sea and developed an intense love for all the treasures that it holds. Upon retirement, Mr. Mote directed his focus on his love of the sea, serving on The Florida Council of 100 Committee on Oceanography, and in 1967, worked to make Cape Haze Marine Laboratory a thriving marine research facility. His efforts transformed the small Cape Haze Marine Laboratory into the internationally recognized Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida. The International Oceanographic Foundation, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the State of Florida and the U.S. Congress have recognized the life and scientific legacy of Mr. Mote. Mr. Mote is also named in the William R. and Lenore Mote Endowment at Florida State University’s Department of Biological Sciences.