IOI Overview


The International Ocean Institute - USA

The 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. Established in 2006 by agreement with IOI headquarters in Malta, IOI-USA is the 26th IOI center, and the only one in the US.

The U.S. and Pew Commissions have warned that the ecological collapse of our living seas represents a threat to the nation's security, economy, environment, and to human health. The US Commission recommendations also state “formal and informal ocean education should be strengthened to better engage the general public, cultivate a broad stewardship ethic, and prepare a new generation of leaders to meet future ocean policy challenges.” This requires active and well-informed stakeholders that understand the importance of protecting their coastlines and marine environment.

The mission of IOI is to promote the peaceful use of the oceans and their resources, their management and regulation, and the protection and conservation of the marine environment. IOI-USA supports scientific and policy education, and capacity building and is directed by Professor Frank Muller Karger, USF College of Marine Science. 

In the Americas, IOI operational centers are located in Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. Each center and focal is based in a leading university and works on related issues, but offeres a unique set of programming.

IOI Brazil: Prof. Dr. Eduardo Marone, Centro de Estudos do Mar Universidade Federal Do Parana

IOI Canada: Mr. Michael J. Butler (IOI-Americas Regional Director) Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

IOI Costa Rica: Professor Alejandro Gutierrez, Universidad Nacional

IOI Cuba: Dr. Jorge Alberto Angulo-Valdes, Centro de Investigaciones Marinas

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