Florida Institute of Technology
Vero Beach Marine Lab

Welcome to the Vero Beach Marine Lab

In 1980, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) acquired property on John’s Island in Vero Beach, Florida, to develop an ocean-site marine research laboratory. The location of the facility allows researchers to have access to filtered Atlantic seawater year-round with a minimum seawater temperature of about 12 °C (54 °F).

A wide variety of aquaculture tank systems are also available for research and production purposes. The facility’s four acre oceanfront property has a main building that includes a marine laboratory, classroom, conference room, and offices. The facility is administered by FIT and serves as a regional research facility available to university faculty, graduate students, and non-university investigators. Several aquaculture companies have a research collaborative agreement with FIT and are using the site to develop aquaculture technologies for marine food and ornamental species.