Preserving our oceans and wildlife couldn’t be any more important than it is today. Our Marine Science programs, companies, and education systems have been expanding exponentially since USF began this initiative well over a decade ago. Since their first courses new jobs continue to be created every year, and new business are emerging.

Tampa Bay is effecting global change in so many industries, but in our opinion the Marine Science advancements is one of our most important and impressive.

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Florida Aquarium

Today, our ocean, complete with her many smaller oceans and seas, is under threat from many complex issues: acidification and pollution to climate change and overfishing. To save her, The Florida Aquarium starts working right in our own blue backyard —Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

University of South Florida: College of Marine Science, Center for Ocean Technology (COT), & Research Foundation

The College of Marine Science is focused on interdisciplinary research in marine science at the graduate level; focusing on the fields of Biological, Chemical, Physical, and Geological Oceanography.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

State-wide research programs that focus on obtaining the wide ranging information needed by fish, wildlife, and ecosystem resource managers.

SRI –St. Petersburg

SRI is a global independent research and development organization involved with a wide variety of programs associated with technology transfer

U.S. Geological Survey Center for Coastal & Wetland Studies (USGS)

The USGS investigates scientific processes related to societal problems arising in coastal and marine environments, including natural hazards, resources, and environmental change.

Clearwater Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a leader in marine mammal and environmental research throughout Florida. They collaborate on scientific research to better understand animal behavior, illness, treatment and endangered species protection. Working with scientific and conservation partners, they protect marine animals and their habitats.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
National Marine Fisheries Service

Entrusted with the conservation, management, and protection of marine fishery resources inhabiting federal waters off the southeastern US from North Carolina through Texas, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

International Ocean Institute (IOI)

Active consultant with the United Nations Council on ethical and worldly principles encompassing oceanic research and activity.


MOTE conducts groundbreaking research with more than 20 diverse research programs focusing on today’s challenges as well as identifying and addressing future impacts. The advancement of this kind of research is vital to unlocking potential solutions to some of today’s most daunting global challenges.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

An intergovernmental partnership that coordinates bay restoration and protection charged with implementing a comprehensive management plan for Tampa Bay

The Florida Institute of Oceanography

Established to provide a central shared use infrastructure to support the state’s ocean science education and research programs. The institute was designed to minimize the expensive duplication of sea-going facilities and equipment needed by the state’s academic & agency research and training programs

U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg

The USCG monitors marine activity for Tampa Bay and Egmont Channel daily

The Pier Aquarium

The Pier Aquarium is a 2,000 sq. ft. aquarium and marine education center established in 1988 as a 501(c) 3, not-for-profit organization.