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The Florida Institute of Oceanography has received $10 million pledged by oil company BP and is now accepting research proposals from the state’s marine scientists to assess, monitor and plan for the protection and restoration of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Florida Institute of Oceanography is a consortium of 20 public and private marine research centers in Florida, including the 11 state universities. The University of South Florida serves as the host institution for the consortium, which in addition to coordinating marine science research and education efforts operates the R/V Weatherbird II, the R/V Bellows and the Keys Marine Lab.

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