The International Ocean Institute 

IOI - USA is one of the 25 operational Centers of the International Ocean Institute and is headquartered at the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

The International Ocean Institute is a non-governmental organization with consultative status at the United Nations. Founded in 1972 as a knowledge-based non-governmental, non-profit international organization, among its greatest strengths are its training programs and capacity building programs for coastal communities. Through education, information dissemination, research programs and community initiatives, IOI’s network promotes sustainable use of the ocean and coastal resources.

IOI is presently headquartered in Malta and includes 25 member Operational Centers from nations around the globe including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Malta, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, and the Ukraine. 


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International Ocean Institute Opens First US Center at USF St. Petersburg Last Updated on 2007-04-13 00:00:00  USF St. Petersburg has been designated as the first Operational Center of the International Ocean Institute in the United States.    Known worldwide for its policy and research efforts to promote sustainable ocean space and resources, IOI challenges the university to be an international steward that actively promotes awareness, education, and research to protect the world’s waters for future generations.   Christopher F. D’Elia, PhD, regional associate vice chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies at USF St. Petersburg, who will lead IOI-USA, said that “this designation is an acknowledgment that the US needs an operational center to interact with IOI’s 25 other partners in promoting and achieving sustainable uses of ocean space and coasts.”  Noel J. Brown, PhD, Former Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for North America, and a... More »