FIU Joins with “Her Deepness” to Spotlight South Florida Coastal Ecosystems

FIU’s Mike Heithaus, Heather Bracken-Grissom, and others have teamed up with Mission Blue and renowned marine conservationist Sylvia Earle to designate South Florida’s coastal area a “Hope Spot”--a place that is critical to the health of oceans. The area includes Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys, and Ten Thousand Islands.

“We have so many unique and amazing ocean habitats ... but they are facing tremendous challenges,” Heithaus said. “This Hope Spot designation helps shine a light on the tremendous work that our scientists and others are doing along with the community and government agencies to keep our oceans healthy.” FIU has long led research on the bay, and FIU scientists provide essential data to water and land managers, monitor plant and animal species on coastlines, reefs, and islands, and much more.

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