FIO is a 32-Member Consortium that enables excellence in coastal and ocean science and education. FIO supports the state of Florida with three large Research Vessels, a full-service Marine Laboratory, advanced programming, and educational opportunities.
FIO ensures sustained excellence in marine research and education through the advancement and availability of infrastructure, development of partnerships, and the enabling of outcomes that benefit the people of Florida. FIO serves as an enabler, facilitator and coordinator across academia, state and federal agencies, ocean science organizations and the private sector.
FIO provides a venue, whether virtual or physical, for integrating marine and coastal research and education with business and economic development entities across the state’s “Blue Economy”.