Florida Marine / Ocean Organizations

The mission of Florida’s coastal organizations is to conserve, protect, and restore Florida’s marine environment. These organizations often engage in coastline clean-ups, education outreach, and political campaigning in order to meet their goals of protecting Florida’s coastal and marine habitats.

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The Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire education and advocacy for Florida's coastal ecosystems. 

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island offering 57-acres that includes the Society's headquarters, nature trails, 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon, Sea Turtle Pavilion, Children's Activity Pavilion, Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Ray Pavilion, and the Frances Langford Visitors Center. 

The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is home to many different types of aquatic wildlife and innovative marine research. Some of the animals that can be seen at the Aquarium are sharks, sea turtles, otters, and manatees. There is also a reef animal exhibit where visitors can touch rays.

The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary offers near shore artificial reefs in the Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf of Mexico off of Navarre Beach. The reefs are positioned to be easily accessible by the public of all skill levels to view marine life and ecosystems inhabiting the reefs. Snorkel, scuba dive or kayak out to the reefs and explore the natural habitats and beauty of Florida's marine life. 


The Sea Turtle Preservation Society's mission is to help protect sea turtles and raise awareness for the importance that Florida plays in their protection and survival.