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Blue-green algae at Indiantown boat ramp 100 times more toxic than what's considered safe

The excessive heat across South Florida is fueling more toxic blue-green algae along the Treasure Coast. The Florida Department of Health in Martin County issued a health alert Tuesday for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in the C44 Canal near the boat ramp at Timer Powers Park in…

Blue-green algae not being discharged from Lake Okeechobee, experts cautiously optimistic

This summer, experts braced for an explosion of blue-green algae which could threaten local waterways on the Treasure Coast, including the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon.

Blue-green algae presence at Lake Okeechobee causing concern on Treasure Coast

“It’ll continue to bloom as long as it has those right conditions, the nutrients, the sunlight," said Executive Director of Florida Oceanographic Society Mark Perry. "Because, we know last year at the end of the year we had a lot of rainfall due to hurricane Ian so all of that nutrients entered the…

Blue-Green Algae Task Force: Focus should be on preventing, not removing toxic blooms

TCPalm covers the Florida Blue-Green Algae Task Force meeting and several members of the public who addressed them, and interviews Mark Perry and Gary Goforth.

Blue-green algae test results from western Martin County spark concern

WPTV covers  blue-green algae concerns after a bloom was spotted in western Martin County and interviews Mark Perry for comment.


Board Officers Bob Mathias Board Chair Retired Professional Attorney and Partner,  DLA Piper Baltimore  As a board member, and now chair…

Board of Directors passes a resolution

Florida Oceanographic Society's Board of Directors recently passed a resolution opposing offshore drilling and seismic activities. 

Board of Directors passes resolutions regarding LORS and EAA Reservoir

Florida Oceanographic Society's Board of Directors recently passed a resolution advocating for an accelerated revision of LORS and implementation of the EAA Reservoir. 

Board Documents Fiscal Year 2024

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Board Chair Bob Mathias   Vice Chair Linda Houston   Secretary Nancy Rand…


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Burlap is helping to stabilize seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon

The Florida Oceanographic Society is conducting waterway conservation research regarding seagrass restoration, water quality monitoring, and oyster development.

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Calls to limit discharges from Lake Okeechobee into St. Lucie Inlet

An ongoing battle on the Treasure Coast continues as residents fight for more protection for the St. Lucie Estuary.

Can Mangroves Experience Too Much of a Good Thing?

Mangroves have adapted to living in waters with low nutrient levels, and the addition of a limiting, or beneficial nutrient can enhance the productivity of these plants. However, large amounts of nutrients can be detrimental to the long-term health and maintenance of these important ecosystems.

Can mangroves keep up with rising sea levels?

Check out this recent paper by Dr. Glenn A. Coldren and researchers from Villanova University and Smithsonian Environment Research Center on work at Kennedy Space Center. 

Capital Expansion

In 2018 Florida Oceanographic Society announced plans for an exciting expansion to the Coastal Center. The components of our Capital Expansion have allowed us to engage our community in ways that we were unable to do before. The Ocean EcoCenter opened July 16th, 2021, and supports our continued…

Careers & Employment

Career & Employment Opportunities Having a career with Florida Oceanographic Society is more than just a job. It is about having a passion for the environment and our mission to, "inspire environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems." If you feel strongly about our mission and…

Causeway Cleanup - FULL

Come join us as we put our stewardship into action by cleaning up the East End of the Stuart Causeway.

CBS12: Record breaking number of manatees die in 2021

Hundreds of manatees have died in the last few months in Florida.