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.