International Ocean Institute - USA


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The health of our oceans are vital to human health. Covering 71% of the planet and absorbing more carbon dioxide than the rainforests, we depend on the ocean as a source of food and for much of the air we breathe.  Today, the majority of people live within 60 kilometers of a coast. Population and continued development stresses the coastal environment, and coastal communities are more at risk from natural and human induced degradation and natural disasters. 

The International Ocean Institute-USA promotes sustainable use of ocean space and resources through awareness creation, education, information dissemination, training and community initiatives.


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Marine Science Unveils Cutting-Edge Research Vessel Last Updated on 2009-03-25 00:00:00 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2009) – The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science debuted Florida’s newest ocean-going research tool Wednesday with the presentation of the R/V WeatherBird II, a 115-foot, 194-ton vessel equipped for a new era of scientific teaching and research. The R/V WeatherBird II was purchased by USF for $2.1 million for use through the Florida Institute of Oceanography, a consortium of Florida’s public universities, private higher education institutions and state agencies involved in marine research.  The R/V WeatherBird II will be equipped with state-of-the art oceanographic devices and sensor technology designed to enable scientists and students to study and learn about various aspects of the ocean’s biological, chemical, geological and physical characteristics. Researchers will use the vessel to support advanced studies on... More »