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FIO Coronavirus Vessel & Lab Update (PDF)

Coronavirus Update (PDF)

FIO State University Subsidized Shiptime Request for Proposals

St. Pete Science Festival 2020 – Oct 17

Florida Institute of Oceanography

For more than four decades, the Florida Institute of Oceanography has unified marine science interests across Florida in the cause of understanding and stewardship of the coastal oceans. FIO is taking a leading national role in the scientific assessment of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is a state whose history, economy and culture are intertwined with the waters that surround it. Recognizing the need to protect and understand this central force and shared heritage, 20 institutions and agencies from across the state work collaboratively through FIO to maximize marine research and education resources. FIO’s goal is to provide a forum for addressing the challenges facing our oceans and develop strategies for civic engagement, natural resource management and public policy which preserves and protects ocean resources. The Earth system is changing and the future will require an educated and informed populace and a new generation of ocean scientists, engineers, and policy leaders to maintain a productive and sustainable environment. FIO aims to transform Florida’s scientific capabilities in ocean research while providing the education and marine management skills needed to protect our treasured marine environment.
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Dr. Laura Harrison, Director of USF's Access 3D Lab, is onboard the R/V Weatherbird for a 3D modeling photo shoot. Access 3D Lab is a shared user facility at USF that incubates and supports transformative research and teaching in #STEM disciplines, the arts, and the humanities.

Dr. Harrison is going to use the scans from the 3D photos to create a to-scale model of the research vessel! FIO really appreciates her time and generosity. Check out the Access 3D Lab page for more information on their impressive efforts.
https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/labs/access3d/
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Scientists have discovered what they say is the oldest tropical reef fish recorded anywhere in the world -- an 81-year-old midnight snapper caught off the coast of Western Australia.
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Florida Institute of Oceanography
A manatee was successfully rescued from a canal this week after South Florida Water Management District's Field Crews reported the stranded manatee near Moore Haven, Florida.
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Florida Institute of Oceanography
The R/V Weatherbird is going through its annual health inspection (which includes a deep cleaning 😁)
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Florida Institute of Oceanography
"A recent cruise led by the #USF College of #MarineScience Ocean Technology Group saw puppeteering of a tungsten carbide sphere beneath the R/V Hogarth to calibrate the hull-mounted echosounders, as well as a first ever deploy of a free-floating craft used to mount a glider for calibration of the onboard EKMini echosounder."
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Happy New Year from FIO!
We're back to work today, laying the groundwork for a successful 2021, supporting Florida's marine research and educational missions. RFP's for State University System (SUS) Subsidized Ship Time will be sent out soon!

Pictured is the R/V Weatherbird II; it will be going to the shipyard Wednesday (for about 10 days) for annual maintenance.