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National Ocean Service
Office of Coast Survey
Navigation Managers

The Office of Coast Survey maintains a regional presence in the field to serve its customers and act as ambassadors to the maritime community. The Navigation Managers focus primarily on resolving charting and navigation questions, educating constituents on emerging charting technologies and their uses, and soliciting feedback on NOAA's navigation products and services from the commercial maritime industry. They also help to identify the challenges facing marine transportation. These agents assist the Coast Survey in overseeing NOAA’s nautical chart data collection and information programs to meet constituent needs for information to navigate safely and efficiently.

Florida is served by the Southeast Region Navigation Manager based in Charleston, SC, and the Eastern Gulf Region Navigation Manager based in Lafayette, LA. For more information on Coast Survey and the Navigation Managers, please visit: http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/reps.htm

National Ocean Service
Office of Coast Survey
Navigation Response Teams

The Office of Coast Survey maintains 6 Navigation Response Teams (NRTs) located regionally around the country for rapid-response hydrographic surveys and nautical chart product verifications. NOAA NRTs verify Electronic Navigational Chart data collection and Coast Pilot field examinations to promote safe marine navigation, but they are also on call 365 days a year for emergency survey requests. This capability is very useful for port and homeland security as the NRTs can provide emergency depth surveys for major ports when disaster has occurred. For example, in September 2004, a NOAA NRT responded to a request from the Captain of the Port of Charleston, SC to survey for new shoals created by Hurricane JEANNE after the BERMUDA STAR, a bulk cargo ship, ran aground near the port. More recently an NRT assisted in locating the submerged pipe responsible for the 2004 ATHOS oil spill on the Delaware River. Surveying to verify clear waters or locate obstructions after a natural or man-made disaster is critical to reopening the port. A port closure can impact the economy as ships and cargo are stalled or re-routed, and military deployments are delayed.

For more information on Coast Survey and the Navigation Response Teams, please visit: http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/nrb.htm

National Ocean Service
Office of Coast Survey
Nautical Charts

The Office of Coast Survey is responsible for creating and maintaining the 1000 nautical charts of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. A nautical chart is a graphic portrayal of the marine environment showing the nature and form of the coast, the general configuration of the sea bottom including water depths, locations of dangers to navigation, locations and characteristics of man-made aids to navigation and other features useful to the mariner. Available to the mariner in three main formats -- paper, raster, and vector -- the nautical chart is essential for safe navigation. Raster Nautical Charts are geo-referenced digital images of the paper nautical chart. NOAA’s most recent nautical chart product, the Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC), is a vector-based “smart chart” with the ability to provide more detailed and accurate information than the traditional paper chart. NOAA ENCs can be integrated with Global Positioning System satellite data and other sensor information such as radar, water levels, winds and weather to enhance situational awareness and help to make informed, safe decisions in all weather conditions. Available for free on the Internet, NOAA ENCs are designed to meet the increasingly sophisticated technological demands of mariners.

For more information on Coast Survey and the Nautical Charting Program, please visit: http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/staff/charts.htm

National Ocean Service
Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services
National Water Level Observation Network

NOS operates 16 long-term continuously operating tide stations in the state of Florida which provide data and information on tidal datums and relative sea level trends, and are capable of producing real-time data for storm surge warning. These stations are located at Fernandina Beach, Mayport, St Augustine Beach, Trident Submarine Base Pier, Virginia Key, Vaca Key, Key West, Naples, Fort Myers, St. Petersburg, Clearwater Beach, Cedar Key, Apalachicola, Panama City, Panama City Beach, and Pensacola. The NWLON stations are supplemented by 112 cooperative stations operated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on the St. Johns River and Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) in northeast Florida. The stations provide data and information on tidal datums and relative sea level trends, and are capable of producing real-time data for storm surge warning. The stations are located on the St. Johns River at: Mayport Naval Station (2 sites), Main Street Bridge, I-295 Bridge, Red Bay Point, Racy Point, Buffalo Bluff, and Palatka. Sites on the ICWW are: Vilano Beach, State Road 312, Crescent Beach, and Bings Landing. These stations can be found on the Tides Online web page, http://tidesonline.nos.noaa.gov/geographic.html

FL-2 ( Panama City)

National Marine Fisheries Service
Panama City Facility

The Panama City Facility is located on the western shore of St. Andrews Bay, a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico. This laboratory which is the Fisheries Bioprofiles Branch of the Southeast Fisheries & Science Center's Sustainable Fisheries Division, conducts research in fishery biology, fishery ecology and marine reserves. Specific research activities, focus on distribution, abundance, movement, migration, stock identification, predator-prey relations, age and growth, reproductive biology, and early life history and recruitment. For additional information on the Panama City Facility, please contact: http://199.242.233.41/

FL-2 ( Tallahassee)

National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office

This National Weather Service office provides all the weather and flood warnings, daily forecasts, and meteorologic and hydrologic data for the Florida Panhandle, southwestern Georgia, and southeast Alabama. For further information on the Tallahassee Weather Forecast Office, please contact: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tlh

FL-2 ( Tallahassee)

National Ocean Service
National Geodetic Survey
Geodetic Advisor

The Geodetic Advisor is a jointly funded National Ocean Service (NOS) employee that resides in the state to provide liaison between NOS and the host state. The Geodetic Advisor guides and assists the state's charting, geodetic and surveying programs through technical expertise. This program also provides technical assistance in planning and implementing Geographic/Land Information System: (GIS/LIS) projects. Additional information on the National Geodetic Survey's State Geodetic Advisor Program can be found at http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/ADVISORS/AdvisorsIndex.shtml

FL-2 ( Tallahassee)


National Ocean Service
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Florida Coastal Management Program

Lead Agency: Florida Department of Community Affairs.

Florida has our Nation's second largest coast--some 8,400 miles of tidally influenced shoreline. Along these shores are many valuable resources in need of protection, including broad coastal wetlands, vast estuaries, and beautiful beaches. Working with local governments, the Florida Coastal Management Program is identifying methods for protecting these valuable coastal resources.

Tourism and agriculture are key coastal industries in Florida.

The program coordinates state governmental activities related to the protection, preservation, and development of Florida's natural, cultural, and economic coastal resources. A network of 10 agencies implements the program. A 15-member Governor's Coastal Advisory Committee advises the Governor and the Legislature on coastal management issues and program implementation. For more information on the Florida Coastal Management Program, please visit: http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/czm/czmflorida.html

FL-2 ( Tallahassee)

NOAA Research
Educational Partnership Program
The Environmental Cooperative Science Center

NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) is led by Florida A&M University in collaboration with Delaware State University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, South Carolina State University, and the University of Miami. This Center is one of four cooperative science centers that are part of NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions. ECSC goals include: increase the number of underrepresented minorities in atmospheric, environmental, and oceanic sciences by training students and expanding the capacity of faculty from member institutions to participate in NOAA related research; improve the scientific basis for coastal resourcemanagement; and facilitate community education and outreach relating to the function and significance of coastal ecosystems. For more information, visit: http://www.famu.edu/acad/colleges/esi/

FL-2 (Apalachiola)

National Ocean Service
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Located in the Florida panhandle, the Apalachicola Bay basin is a wonder of natural diversity, featuring 1,162 plant species, 315 species of birds, over 180 species of fresh, estuarine and saltwater fish, and 57 species of mammals, as well as the greatest assortment of amphibians and reptiles in North America above Mexico. Under the guidance of a 6-member advisory council of local and state appointments, long-term monitoring of physical, chemical and biological parameters important to estuarine productivity are carried out. The Reserve also is noted for valuable research on threatened sea turtles and for migratory bird nest protection and monitoring. A wide range of activities educate and engage visitors. For additional information on the Apalachicola Bay Reserve, please visit:
http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/nerr/reserves/nerrapalachicola.html

FL-4 ( Jacksonville)

National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office
Jacksonville International Airport

This National Weather Service office provides all the weather and flood warnings, daily forecasts, and meteorologic and hydrologic data for 15 counties in northeast Florida and 13 counties in southeast Georgia. For additional information on the Jacksonville Weather Forecast Office, please contact:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jax

FL-4 ( Jacksonville)

National Weather Service
Center Weather Service Unit

Housed in the Federal Aviation Administration's Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Hilliard, the Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) Jacksonville staff provides forecasts and other weather information to ARTCC personnel for use in directing the safe, smooth flow of aviation traffic in northern Florida, parts of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. For further information , please visithttp://www.srh.noaa.gov/zjx

FL-6 ( Gainesville)

NOAA Research
Florida Sea Grant College Program

NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program is a federal-university partnership that integrates research, education, and outreach (extension and communications). Sea Grant forms a network of 32 programs in all U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states, Puerto Rico and Guam.

The Florida Sea Grant College Program, based at the University of Florida, focuses research on marine biotechnology, fisheries, aquaculture, seafood safety, coastal ecosystem health, water quality, boating and waterways, coastal habitat, and coastal hazards. In conjunction with its research, Florida Sea Grant also provides support to graduate education. Citizens, industry and policy makers are kept informed on a variety of marine and coastal issues, ranging from safe navigation to seafood quality and safety, through a cadre of more than 20 marine extension agents and specialists serving the 35 coastal counties of Florida. For more information see
http://www.flseagrant.org

FL-7 ( St. Augustine)

National Ocean Service
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) Reserve was designated in 1999. It encompasses approximately 55,000 acres of publicly owned lands and waters in St. Johns and Flagler Counties on the east coast of Florida near St. Augustine. It is an area important to many resident and migratory fish and waterfowl and a variety of threatened and endangered species, including the manatee, the least tern, and the loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles. Major habitat types include beach dunes, salt and freshwater marshes, cypress and hardwood swamps, shell mounds, and xeric hammocks. The Matanzas Inlet is the last naturally occurring inlet on the east coast of Florida that has not been subject to dredging and other manmade disturbances.
For additional information on the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, please visit:
http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/nerr/reserves/nerrgtm.html

FL-10 ( St. Petersburg)

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southeast Regional Office

The Regional Office is responsible for the management and protection of living marine resources. and their habitats in the Southeast, Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Caribbean. The Office is comprised of five divisions: Sustainable Fisheries, Protected Resources, Fisheries Economics, Habitat Conservation, and State/Federal liaison. For additional information on the Southeast Region Office, please contact:
http://caldera.sero.nmfs.gov

FL-10 ( St. Petersburg)

National Marine Fisheries Service
Seafood Inspection Program
Inspection Office

The National Seafood Inspection Program conducts a voluntary inspection program for fishery products on a fee-for-service basis. The office offers a wide range of services to the area's fishermen and fish processors including process and product inspection, product grading, lot inspection, laboratory analysis, and training. All edible foodstuffs, ranging from whole fish to formulated products, as well as fish meal used for animal foods, are eligible for inspection and certification. For additional information on the National Seafood Inspection Program, please contact:
http://seafood.nmfs.noaa.gov/

FL-10 ( St Petersburg)

National Ocean Service
Office of Response and Restoration
Injury Assessment Coordinator

The Injury Assessment Coordinator (IAC) based in St. Petersburg is responsible for determining and quantifying injuries to natural resources through identification of a hazardous materials release, determination of a pathway, definition of the injury, and demonstration of causal mechanisms. IACs document the severity, geographic extent, and likely duration of the injury. Potential causes are evaluated according to the significance of injury, casual link to the potentially responsible party, cost effectiveness, statue of limitation, liability of the responsible party, litigation risks, geographic location, and restoration potential. IACs also provide timely response to an oil or chemical spill to collect information, samples, and evidence that are time dependant and critical to support natural resource damage assessments. Additional information about the Office of Response and Restoration can be found at
http://response.restoration.noaa.gov

FL-11 ( Tampa)

National Ocean Service
Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services
Tampa Bay PORTS

A Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS® ) is operated cooperatively with the local maritime community in Tampa Bay at which real-time data are quality-controlled and disseminated to local users for safe and efficient navigation. Real-time data are available for water level from four stations, for currents from three stations, and for meteorological data from five locations. Additional information on the Tampa Bay PORTS can be found at
http://www.co-ops.nos.noaa.gov

FL-11 ( Tampa)

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
Aircraft Operations Center
MacDill Air Force Base

The NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) is charged with maintaining and operating NOAA aircraft, the charter of aircraft for NOAA projects, and other activities in support of NOAA airborne programs. NOAA Aircraft Operations Center fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters operate throughout the United States and around the world, over open ocean mountains, coastal wetlands and Arctic pack ice. NOAA Aircraft Operations Center's aircraft provide NOAA's scientists and cartographers with the airborne platforms necessary to collect the environmental and geographic data essential to their programs. The Hurricane Hunter Lockheed WP-3D Orion and the Gulfstream IV-SP high performance long range aircraft are among the most advanced airborne environmental research planes flying today. These aircraft give scientists a unique platform for the study of tropical cyclones and other severe storms, global climate change, air chemistry and pollution oceanography, arctic ice formation and many other environmental issues. For further information on AOC, please contact
http://www.aoc.noaa.gov

FL-11 ( Tampa)

National Marine Fisheries Service
Seafood Inspection Program
Inspection Office

The National Seafood Inspection Program conducts a voluntary inspection program for fishery products on a fee-for-service basis. The office offers a wide range of services to the area's fishermen and fish processors including process and product inspection, product grading, lot inspection, laboratory analysis, and training. All edible foodstuffs, ranging from whole fish to formulated products, as well as fish meal used for animal foods, are eligible for inspection and certification. For additional information on the National Seafood Inspection Program, please contact:
http://seafood.nmfs.noaa.gov/

FL-11 ( Tampa – MacDill Air Force Base)

NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations
Aircraft Operations Center
MacDill Air Force Base

The NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) is charged with maintaining and operating thirteen NOAA aircraft, facilitating the charter of aircraft for NOAA projects, and other activities in support of NOAA airborne programs. NOAA aircraft operate throughout the United States and around the world, over open ocean, mountains, coastal wetlands and Arctic pack ice. NOAA’s aircraft provide NOAA's scientists and cartographers with airborne platforms for the collection of environmental and geographic data essential to their programs. NOAA’s two Hurricane Hunter Lockheed WP-3D Orions and its Gulfstream IV-SP high performance long range aircraft are among the most advanced airborne environmental research planes flying today. These aircraft give scientists a unique platform for the study of tropical cyclones and other severe storms, global climate change, air chemistry and pollution oceanography, arctic ice formation and many other environmental issues. For further information on AOC, please contact http://www.aoc.noaa.gov

FL-12 ( Tampa Bay Area)

National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office

This National Weather Service office provides all the weather and flood warnings, daily forecasts, and meteorologic and hydrologic data for the western portion of central Florida. For further information on the Tampa Bay Area Weather Forecast Office, please contact:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw

FL-14 ( Naples)

National Ocean Service
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

On-site boat trips, trails, workshops, adult education courses and field studies take visitors out into Rookery Bay, a Reserve holding pristine mangrove forests, shallow bay waters, pine flatwoods and tropical hardwood hammocks. Located 8 kilometers south of Naples, this Reserve has pioneered innovation in natural resource management; for example, implementing programs such as prescribed burns of diseased vegetation, exotic plant removal, restoration of disturbed sites and marine mammal recovery and rescue. Long-term monitoring and visiting investigator programs have furthered exciting research about wetland structure and function and habitat mapping. The Reserve is managed jointly by the Florida Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, Inc., and the National Audubon Society. For additional information on the Rookery Bay Reserve, please visit:
http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/nerr/reserves/nerrrookery.html

FL-15 ( Melbourne)

National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office

Located at the Melbourne Regional Airport, this National Weather Service office provides all the weather and flood warnings, daily forecasts, and meteorologic and hydrologic data for east Central Florida and adjacent coastal waters. For further information on the Melbourne Weather Forecast Office, please contact:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mlb

FL-17 (Miami-South Florida)

National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office

Located at Florida International University, this National Weather Service office provides all the weather and flood warnings, daily forecasts, and meteorologic and hydrologic data for the southern portion of the Florida, except for the Florida Keys. For further information on the Miami-South Florida Weather Forecast Office, please contact: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/MIA

FL-17 ( Miami)

National Weather Service
National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center

The National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center (NHC/TPC) is best known for its hurricane responsibilities including extensive marine and aviation forecast and warning programs for tropical and subtropical regions of the North Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Eastern North Pacific, including adjacent land areas. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Center prepares and distributes tropical weather forecasts which employ the latest electronic equipment. It also conducts relevant training for courses for meteorologists and response officials from around the world. It works very closely with the World Meteorological Organization. The Center is located on the University Park Campus of Florida International University in Miami, which also houses a statewide center for hurricane mitigation and research. For further information on the National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center, please contact:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

FL-17 ( Pembroke Park)

National Marine Fisheries Service
Seafood Inspection Program
Inspection Office

The National Seafood Inspection Program conducts a voluntary inspection program for fishery products on a fee-for-service basis. The office offers a wide range of services to the area's fishermen and fish processors including process and product inspection, product grading, lot inspection, laboratory analysis, and training. All edible foodstuffs, ranging from whole fish to formulated products, as well as fish meal used for animal foods, are eligible for inspection and certification. For additional information on the National Seafood Inspection Program, please contact:
http://seafood.nmfs.noaa.gov/

FL-18 ( Miami)

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southeast Fisheries Science Center

The Fisheries Science Center, which is located on Virginia Key across from the University of Miami's Marine Campus, provides overall direction, science planning and coordination for the five National Marine Fisheries Service facilities in the Southeast region. The Science Center also has a Sustainable Fisheries Division and a Protected Resources & Biodiversity Division. The Sustainable Fisheries Division conducts vital research on the distribution and abundance of living marine resources managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and international fishery agreements. The Protected Resources and Biodiversity Division conducts critical research on sea turtles, marine mammals, and other endangered/threatened species as required by the EndangeredSpecies and Marine Mammal Protection Acts and international agreements. The Center also conducts needed research in other key areas including: coral reefs, marine protected areas and the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration effort. For further information on the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, please contact: http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/

FL-18 ( Miami)

NOAA Research
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) conducts basic and applied research in oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, and tropical meteorology. Research conducted at AOML supports the National Hurricane Center. To improve existing hurricane prediction models, the AOML Hurricane Research Division is developing complex models using high resolution movable grids. For additional information on AOML, please visit http://www.aoml.noaa.gov

FL-18 ( Miami)

NOAA Research
Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS)

CIMAS is a cooperative institute between NOAA and the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Research conducted is in two themes - climate variability and ecosystem dynamics and supports the mission of the NOAA Research Laboratories and the National Marine Fisheries Service. For additional information on CIMAS, please visit http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/groups/cimas/

FL-18 ( Miami)

National Ocean Service
Office of Response and Restoration
Scientific Support Coordinator

NOAA's Hazardous Materials Response Division (HAZMAT) strives to reduce risks to coastal habitats and resources from oil and hazardous chemical spills. HAZMAT's multi-disciplinary Scientific Support Team has decades of experience in responding to oil spill emergencies. Led by its nine regionally based Scientific Support Coordinators (SSCs), HAZMAT's response to spill emergencies has gained a reputation for rapid, well-thought-out, yet cost effective environmental protection decisions. The SSC based in Miami works directly with U.S. Coast Guard spill response teams by providing critical scientific support to the federal On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) during spills of oil or hazardous materials. SSCs use oil spill trajectory estimates, chemical hazards analyses, and assessments of the sensitivity of biological and human-use resources to help the OSC make timely operational decisions. SSCs provide guidance, experience, and resources to develop spill preparedness plans that help identify the spill response action with the greatest environmental benefit. Additional information about the Office of Response and Restoration can be found at
hhttp://response.restoration.noaa.gov

FL-18 ( Miami)

National Weather Service
Center Weather Service Unit

Housed in the Federal Aviation Administration's Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), the Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) Miami staff provides forecasts and other weather information to ARTCC personnel for use in directing the safe, smooth flow of aviation traffic in southern Florida, and portions of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. For further information on the Miami Central Weather Service Unit please visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/zma

FL-18 ( Key West, Marathon, and Key Largo)

National Ocean Service
National Marine Sanctuary Program
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

In 1990, Congress moved to preserve this unmatched subtropical ecosystem from intense commercial and recreational pressures when it designated the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to provide comprehensive management of and protection to the marine ecosystem surrounding the Florida Keys. Key Largo and Looe Key National Marine Sanctuaries which are representative of sections of Florida's reef tract and are included as management units within the interdependent habitats that comprise the Florida Keys. The sanctuary boundary includes the productive waters of Florida Bay, mangrove-fringed shorelines and islands, sand flats, seagrass meadows, patch reefs and bank reefs.Together, these habitats support the life cycles of a rich array of tropical marine and estuarine organisms, endangered and protected species. Numerous historic shipwrecks and lighthouses within the sanctuary typify the rich cultural heritage of the Florida Keys, which in addition, may contain evidence of human activity and the remains of animals from 15,000 years ago. For additional information on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, please visit http://www.fknms.nos.noaa.gov

FL-18 ( Marathon)

National Ocean Service
Office of Response and Restoration
Injury Assessment Coordinator

The Injury Assessment Coordinator (IAC) based in Marathon is responsible for determinng and quantifying injuries to natural resources through identification of a hazardous materials release, determination of a pathway, definition of the injury, and demonstration of causal mechanisms. IACs document the severity, geographic extent, and likely duration of the injury. Potential cases are evaluated according to the significance of the injury, causal link to the potentially responsible party, cost effectiveness, statute of limitation, viability of the responsible party, litigation risks, geographic location, and restoration potential. IACs also provide timely response to an oil or chemical spill to collect information, samples, and evidence that are time dependent and critical to support natural resource damage assessments.Additional information about the Office of Response and Restoration can befound at http://response.restoration.noaa.gov

FL-18 ( Key West)

National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office

Located at the Key West International Airport, this National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office provides flood warnings, daily forecasts and meteorologic and hydrologic data for Monroe County. This office also provides marine warnings and forecasts for the area covering the waters of the lower Keys and Florida Bay west to the Dry Tortugas and 60 miles south into the waters of the Atlantic, including the Florida Straits. For additional information, please visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/eyw

FL-18 ( Key Largo)

NOAA Research
NOAA’s Undersea Research Program
Aquarius Undersea Research Laboratory

NOAA's Undersea Research Center for the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, located in Wilmington, NC, operates the world’s only undersea research laboratory, Aquarius, located 8 miles off the coast of Florida. The Aquarius is capable of housing scientists for 10 day missions. Center facilities are located in Wilmington, NC, and Key Largo, FL, near the site of Aquarius. For more information see http://www.nurp.noaa.gov/southatl.html

FL-22 (Jupiter)

NOAA Research
NOAA’s Undersea Research Program

NOAA’s Undersea Research Center for the Caribbean, located at the Caribbean Marine Research Center in Jupiter, is one of six undersea centers established by NOAA's Undersea Research Program (NURP) to provide the research community access to advanced underwater technologies. The Center maintains laboratory facilities in Vero Beach and research support in Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas, and supports fisheries research on valuable species, climate change, biological diversity and anthropogenic stresses of corals. For additional information on the NURP Center for the Caribbean, please visit: http://www.cmrc.org/

updated 04/29/05


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