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Water From Lake O Must Go South

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Summary: We are now at 247 days of constant discharges from Lake Okeechobee, totaling more than 216 billion gallons into the St. Lucie Estuary and southern Indian River Lagoon. This article was originally published on TCPalm.com more…

Florida's Ocean and Coastal Future - June 2016

Date: Monday, June 6, 2016
Summary: Our ocean and coastal ecosystems are of the utmost importance. The ocean provides 95% of the living space here on Earth and holds 98% of the water on our planet. It is our life support system. It feeds billions of people around the world, it drives our climate, it absorbs carbon dioxide and it produces 80% of the oxygen we breathe. Every breath we take and every drop we drink depends on a healthy ocean. Every life on the Earth depends on the ocean and now, the ocean's life depends on every one of us. more…

Florida Oceanographic Society Completes Its Largest Boat-Based Deployment to Date

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Summary: Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) recently completed its largest boat-based deployment of oyster shells to date. Over the course of two days, more than 50 volunteers traveled the Indian River Lagoon shoreline to deploy over 1,200 bags of shell into the waterway for habitat restoration. more…

FOS Coastal Lecture Series Closes with Record Attendance!

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Summary: Florida Oceanographic Society wrapped up its 2016 Coastal Lecture Series strong! More than 100 guests enjoyed Park Ranger, Barry Richardson’s captivating tale of the life and times of Trapper Nelson, “Wildman of the Loxahatchee.” This was Barry’s final lecture appearance in Florida as he celebrated his retirement from the Florida Park Service just a few days later. The audience sent Barry off into retirement with a rousing standing ovation. more…

Tee-Off for a Cause on April 8

Date: Monday, March 28, 2016
Summary: Join Florida Oceanographic Society on Friday, April 8 for a charity golf tournament in memory of the late Barbara Briggs Trimble. Enjoy 18 holes at the Champions Club at Summerfield, lunch, prizes and a special guest appearance by Chi-Chi Rodriguez, World Golf Hall of Famer. more…

Gender Gyration in the Fish World - CAM

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Summary: In humans and most other mammals, the gender of a baby is determined at the moment of conception. Granted, you won’t be able to start thinking about names or paint colors for another five months or so, but biologically speaking, the second a mammalian sperm runs into an egg, gender is set. more…

FOS to Use Recycled Shell from Oyster Bash for Restoration in Waterways, March 6

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Summary: On Sunday, March 6, Johnny Mangos Tiki Bar & Grill will hold its inaugural Oyster Bash in Jupiter, featuring an oyster shucking competition and more. Behind the scenes, Dr. Vincent Encomio, Director of Scientific Research, and his staff at Florida Oceanographic Society will be collecting used shell to be used as part of its oyster restoration program in Stuart. more…

Stop Killing the Estuaries and Everglades

Date: Friday, February 26, 2016
Summary: The intentional pollution and mass destruction of our estuaries is unacceptable. Water from Lake Okeechobee is being discharged into the St. Lucie Estuary, Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee Estuary at over 6 billion gallons a day. more…

President's Club Luncheon at Florida Oceanographic Society

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Summary: Florida Oceanographic Society recently held its annual President’s Club Luncheon, recognizing and celebrating some of the organization’s generous and long-term supporters. more…

FOS to present on Sharks, Stingrays and Sea Turtles at MC Fair, Feb 17

Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Summary: Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) is adding even more excitement to the Martin County Fair this year, with presentations and hands-on learning. The organization will have a booth highlighting Florida’s sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, oysters and more! more…

In The News

"Luau for the Lagoon" Raises Funds for IRL

Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Florida Oceanographic Society welcomed nearly 150 guests to its second annual Luau for the Lagoon fundraiser, bringing the community together in celebration of the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary. Proceeds from this event directly support the organization’s initiatives to preserve and protect these precious habitats. more…

FOS Summer Campers Thank Local Businesses

Date: Monday, July 6, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Two Stuart businesses generously donated services to repair and refurbish Florida Oceanographic Society's two 15-passenger vans. Now, we're saying "Thank You!" more…

"Shellebrating" Sea Turtle Day at the Coastal Center

Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Category: Announcements
Summary: Tuesday, June 16 was World Sea Turtle Day and the Florida Oceanographic team had a blast celebrating in the community! Staff, volunteers and members spent the day at the Coastal Center, Blake Library and Stuart Beach teaching and learning about these majestic creatures. more…

Water must go south from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: It is time to restore a portion of the “River of Grass” and allow the water to be stored, treated and move south from the Lake to the Everglades while stopping the insanity of discharging billions of gallons of freshwater to the Ocean and Gulf and polluting our coastal estuaries more…

8 Ways to Help Ensure the Future of Florida's Ocean and Coastal Environment

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8 by taking action for the future of Florida’s ocean and coastal environments more…

Florida Oceanographic teams up with Martin Health for sea turtle scan

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: On May 30, 2015, a sea turtle named “Abe” (formerly known as Anna Belle) received a computed tomography (CT) scan thanks to a partnership between Martin Health System and Florida Oceanographic Society. more…

Tests Confirm Blue-Green Algae Releasing Toxins Near the Port Mayaca Lock & Dam

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) confirmed that the algae samples collected from Port Mayaca contain low levels of the toxin microcystin. more…

May 9: Barefoot on the Beach

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Proceeds benefit Florida Oceanographic Society research, education, restoration and advocacy initiatives more…

April 19: FREE youth fishing clinic

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Florida Oceanographic Society will host the 4th annual Game Fish and Fish Games on Sunday, April 19 from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 8–14. This FREE fishing clinic will take place at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd. on Hutchinson Island in Stuart. Advance registration is required; please RSVP by April 12. To register or to learn more, call the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center at 772-225-0505, or visit FloridaOcean.org. more…

March 28: Oceans Alive, Remembering Frances Langford

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: The extraordinary generosity of Frances Langford has touched countless lives throughout Martin County and her legacy continues to shine bright a decade after her passing. On March 28, Florida Oceanographic Society will honor the legendary actress, singer, philanthropist and angler who served as a champion and benefactor of the non-profit organization. more…

DEP awards Florida Oceanographic $500,000 for Northern Estuaries Resource Recovery pilot program

Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Category: Press Releases
Summary: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded two $500,000 grants to re-establish oyster populations and seagrass beds in the Indian River Lagoon’s St. Lucie Estuary on Florida’s east coast and the Caloosahatchee Estuary on the west coast. more…

Brittany Biber named Director of Animal Care and Life Support

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Florida Oceanographic Society’s Aquarium and Life Support Department has expanded into a significant role within the organization’s education, exhibits, research and operations programs at the Coastal Center and beyond. As a result of this exponential growth, Brittany Biber was recently named Director of Animal Care and Life Support. more…

New Divider Dock Added to the Turtle Pool

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Category: Announcements
Summary: When adding new animals to the Game Fish Lagoon Exhibit (sea turtles included) we often give them time to adjust to the “natural” setting by placing them in the Turtle Pool prior to introducing them into the main exhibit. This allows the animal care staff to monitor their health, reinforce trained behavior or give them time to grow to a more adequate size. more…

Coastal Center reveals gender of resident green sea turtles

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Category: Press Releases
Summary: The gender of the resident sea turtles at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center weighs heavily on the future of the marinelife nature center’s sea turtle program. The state of Florida will soon require long-term sea turtle care facilities to become gender specific to prevent captive mating. more…

Florida Oceanographic sea turtles benefit from generous donation

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Florida Oceanographic Society received funding to purchase equipment for their non-releasable sea turtle program thanks to a donation provided by the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation. The equipment includes exam lighting, a hoist, and a scale. more…

Solidarity Fish: temporary Coastal Center art installation

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Category: Announcements

Hula for healthy waterways at “Luau for the Lagoon,” Oct. 24

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Put on your Hawaiian shirt and hula for a healthy lagoon! Help save the Indian River Lagoon by supporting Florida Oceanographic Society’s mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. Attend “Luau for the Lagoon” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd., on Hutchinson Island in Stuart. more…

Four local treasures partner to offer discount for visitors

Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Four local organizations are teaming up this summer to offer a co-visitation $2 discount off regular admission: The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, the Elliott Museum, the House of Refuge and the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center more…

May 23: Kick off Memorial Day weekend with Sunset on the Lagoon

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Proceeds benefit Florida Oceanographic Society research, education, restoration and advocacy initiatives more…

Florida Oceanographic and Darden Restaurants partner to advance oyster restoration

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Florida Oceanographic Society was recently selected to receive a $5,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc. more…