Statewide University-Based Programs
Community Colleges
Private Non-Profit Marine Laboratories
Non-Collegiate Education
State and Federal Agencies and Programs
Non-Profit and Private Organizations


Florida is sometimes called a state with two oceans back-to-back. Its shorelines span six degrees of latitude. It is not surprising that numerous academic, governmental, private and non-profit organizations exist here, devoted to marine research and education. As part of its statewide mission — and to answer numerous questions from prospective students and other interests worldwide — Florida Sea Grant offers this directory. It is intended to be a guide to link people to marine and coastal institutions in Florida. It is not designed to include all institutions in Florida in each category. Suggestions and comments on those that should be added, modified or deleted are welcome. Please send to



Florida has ten public universities and a large number of private universities and colleges. Those listed below have certain academic programs that relate to ocean, marine or coastal studies, research or outreach. Below each university are those academic departments or sites of study that allow a student to learn more about ocean, marine or coastal degree programs or for a citizen or business to seek answers to questions. In some cases, the academic department may be totally dedicated to ocean, marine or coastal issues and in others, perhaps a group of faculty within the academic department or laboratory work in this area.

State/Community Colleges

Florida has a system of 28 community colleges. Some of them have programs and opportunities that relate to the ocean, marine or coastal activities. These are shown in this directory. A complete listing of community colleges can be found at

Edison State College

Florida Keys Community College

Gulf Coast State College

Hillsborough Community College

Indian River State College

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

Northwest Florida State College

Pensacola State College

Polk State College

Seminole State College of Florida

Valencia College


Private non-profit marine laboratories

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
5600 US Hwy 1 North
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
(772) 465-2400

Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-4441


Non-collegiate education

Associated Marine Institutes, Inc.
AMI is a private non-profit government services provider to state juvenile justice programs, specializing in marine and wilderness based juvenile rehabilitation programs as well as other youth oriented services. Marine focus locations exist in 28 locations throughout Florida.

Association of Marina Industries
444 North Capitol St. NW, Ste 645
Washington, DC 20001
202-628-8679 FAX

Association of Marine Technicians
455 Knollwood Terrace
Roswell, GA 30075

Chapman School of Seamanship
4343 SE St. Lucie Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34997
772-283-2019 FAX

Duval County Public Schools Marine Science Education Center
1347 Palmer Street.
Mayport, FL 32233
904-247-5976 FAX

Florida Detroit Diesel – Allison Training Center

Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
3702 Estey Ave.
Naples, FL 34104

Marchman Technical Education Center
7825 Campus Dr.
New Port Richey, FL 34653-1211
727-774-1791 FAX

Marine Mechanics Institute
9751 Delegates Drive
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 240-2422
(800) 342-9253

McFatter Vocational Technical Center
6500 Nova Dr.
Davie, FL 33317
954-370-1647 FAX

Miami Museum of Science and Space
Transit Planetarium
3280 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 646-4200

Okaloosa Applied Technology Center
1976 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547-1299
850-833-3466 FAX

Pinellas Technical Education Center
6100 154th Ave. North
Clearwater, FL 33760
727-538-7167 ext. 1149
727-538-7183 FAX

Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors
4605 Cardinal Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32210
904-388-3958 FAX

South Technical Education Center
1300 S.W. 30th Ave.
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-369-7024 FAX

Withlacoochee Technical Institute
1201 W. Main Street
Inverness, FL 34450

470 Destination Daytona Lane
Ormond Beach FL, 32174
1-386-255-0295 Fax 1-386-252-3523


State and Federal Agencies and Programs

Center for Coastal Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies
600 Fourth Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4846
(727) 803-2030

Charlotte Harbor NEP
4980 Bayline Drive, 4th Floor
North Ft. Myers, FL 33917-3909
(239) 995-1777

EPA National Estuary Program
U.S. EPA Region IV
61 Forsyth Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3104
(404) 562-9900

Federal Fishery Management Councils:

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Avenue S.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5095
(727) 896-8626

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Indian River Lagoon Project
1900 S Harbor City Blvd. – Suite 107
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 984-4950


Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve 
261 7th Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
(850) 653-8063

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
PO Box 500398
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 743-2437and216 Ann Street
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 292-0311

Guana Tolamato Mantanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
9741 Ocean Shore Blvd.
Marineland, FL 32080
(904) 461-4054

NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
(305) 361-4300

NOAA Fisheries Services:

  • NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office
    9721 Executive Center Drive, N
    St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    (727) 570-5233
  • Panama City Laboratory
    3500 Delwood Beach Road
    Panama City, FL 32408
    (850) 234-6541
  • Southeast Fisheries Science Center
    75 Virginia Beach Drive
    Miami, FL 33149
    (305) 361-5761

NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

NOAA National Undersea Research Center
University of North Carolina
Florida Keys Research Program
515 Caribbean Drive
Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 451-0233

Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
10 Shell Island Road
Naples, FL 33962
(941) 775-8845

Tampa Bay Estuary Program
100 8th Ave, SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 893-2765

U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources of Florida
Five Florida locations are in Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa and Ocala.

Naval Sea Systems Command
Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center
Panama City Division (NSWC PCD)
110 Vernon Ave
Panama City, FL 32407-7001
(850) 234-4145


Non-profit and private organizations

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767-2244
(727) 441-1790
or toll free 888-239-9414

Dolphin Research Center
PO Box 522875
Marathon Shores, FL 33052
(305) 289-1121

Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 273-4000

Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center
PO Box 500130
Marathon, FL 33050
(850) 289-9632

Florida Marine Science Education Association

Florida Oceanographic Society
890 NE Ocean Blvd
Stuart, FL 34996
(772) 225-0505

1010 Miracle Strip Parkway
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 243-9046

Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory
PO Box 237
Panacea, FL 32346
(850) 984-5297

The Living Seas
Walt Disney World
PO Box 10,000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
(407) 560-7688

Marine Resources Development Foundation
51 Shoreland Drive
PO Box 787
Key Largo, FL 33037
(800) 741-1139

Miami Seaquarium
Marine Exhibition Corporation
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
(305) 361-5705

Pelican Coast Conservancy
403 Conti St.
Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 222-8959

Sea to Shore Alliance
200 2nd Ave. South #315
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 954-3390

Sea World of Florida
7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 351-3600