(WSNN)- Mote Marine Lab is closed but scientists are still working during the coronavirus pandemic, they're taking this time to dive deeper into red tide research.

“A lot has been happening over the past few months, I know everyone has been very focused, as they should be, on coronavirus; but it's been an opportune time for us at Mote to also continue to move ahead on this research for what we know is coming," said Mote's Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research & Coastal Policy Programs, Kevin Claridge.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in the last week, there were no signs of red tide in Sarasota or Manatee Counties, but as Claridge explains, it's just a matter of time before that changes.

“Red tide is going to come back. we have the  historical evidence of that and it's going to return and we need to be ready," he said.

Through the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative, grants totaling a million dollars will be awarded to five projects working to develop red tide mitigation strategies.

“Great ideas are being formed," he said. "Great partnerships are being formed. Research is underway to find those tools, to build that management toolbox to mitigate and control red tide.”