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Marine Field Operations at FSU

The Florida State University provides researchers access to specialized expertise, personnel, instrumentation, and support services for research and education programs that involve field related research in the marine environment. This includes providing training, scheduling, and coordinating projects that involve vessel operations, scientific diving, and instrumentation for measuring the physical environment of the ocean.

The FSUCML Vessels include six small vessels (16 ft to 28 ft) that are available for research and educational purposes. All of these vessels are well-suited for working in the shallow bays and coastal areas of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. All of our vessels are equipped with USCG approved and required safety devices, VHF radio, GPS, and depth-sounding devices.

We also have a 65-ft research vessel, the RV Apalachee, capable of 5-6 night excursions in coastal and offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Read more about the RV Apalachee Here.

The FSUCML Academic Diving Program (ADP) supports all open circuit diving (including air and nitrox) for research conducted by FSU faculty, students and staff under the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. The program provides training in science diving and support training in a number of areas, including dry suit diving, CPR/First Aid/Oxygen delivery, and rescue, among others. The ADP also provides reciprocity to colleagues from other institutions who are working with FSU researchers.

The Marine Field Group (MFG) is a project-driven facility of the FSU Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science. The MFG supports projects that range from deploying current meters moorings in the deep ocean and on the continental margin to making CTD/LADCP and microstructure measurements to support educational activities. Assistance from the MFG can be secured for such work by contacting the MFG committee.