Strategic Plan

KML Panorama Facility

Vision Statement

To support excellence in marine science, technology and education through infrastructure, programs, information and people

Mission Statement

Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) is chartered to provide infrastructure support to facilitate collaborative research and education related to Florida’s coastal and ocean environment, and to serve as a coordinating body across academia, state and federal agencies, ocean science organizations and the private sector in addressing new opportunities and problems to be solved through research, education and outreach. FIO is an enabler, a facilitator and coordinator.

Core Values

The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) coordinates with FIO members through cooperation and collaboration with programs, information and people. FIO provides a vessel fleet of both ships and boats that enable and support scientific marine research on the Gulf of Mexico, its ecology, marine life and sustainability. The information gleaned from the studies assist in monitoring not only the Gulf of Mexico, but also the world’s deep-water and coastal oceans and many facets of marine life.

FIO operates out of two locations, with FIO headquarters located on the USF College of Marine Science campus on Bayboro Harbor and the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML), situated in the middle of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. KML is a platform that facilitates unique opportunities for short- and long-term field and laboratory experiences and research for undergraduate and graduate students and academic and non-academic scientists and provides easy access to Florida Bay, the Everglades National Park, the Florida Reef Tract, and the Florida Current.

KML is operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), a consortium of 32 universities, institutions, and state agencies which includes the State University System of Florida (SUS), and is hosted by the University of South Florida (USF).

Please explore FIO’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, Vision Statement, and Mission Statement