FIO is a State University System of Florida Academic Infrastructure Support Organization, established by the Board of Governors. Our host institution is the University
of South Florida. We are a consortium of Florida’s marine science research and education institutions and we operate two Research Vessels and the Keys Marine Lab.
This 115ft general purpose coastal ocean Research Vessel has been operated by FIO since 2008. The home port is St. Petersburg, Florida. It carries a crew of 7 and a
scientific party of 13 to support a broad range of research and education programs and was one of the vessels used in data collection immediately after the oil spill in 2010.
This 71ft shallow draft coastal Research Vessel operates mainly in estuarine and near-shore waters. The home port is St. Petersburg, Florida. It carries a crew of 4,
a science party of 10, and is the primary vessel supporting educational cruises. Over 10,000 students had their first sea-going experience and career training on this vessel.
The Keys Marine Laboratory, situated right in the middle of the Florida Keys, is a platform that provides unique opportunities for short and long term field and laboratory experiences and research for undergraduate and graduate students and academic and non-academic scientists.
Our mission is to facilitate, promote, and support collaborative ocean-related research. Our members study environmental issues of importance to Florida such as oil and
dispersant impacts on the Gulf ecosystem, hurricanes, corals, and red tide. FIO played a key role in Florida’s scientific response to the BP Oil Spill in 2010.
For over 40 years the FIO has provided marine field experience for tens of thousands of students from Florida and beyond, inspiring many of them to continue a career
in a STEM field. Over 40 are now marine science professors in Florida’s educational institutions, passing on their knowledge to new generations.
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FIO has 27 members institutions from all parts of the state. These include academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit institutions, and for-profit institutions.