Key Largo Research Station


As an exciting extension to our partnership with MarineLab, our very own nonprofit, Ocean First Institute, established a new research facility next to our dive shop to enhance their conservation projects in the Keys. 

This exciting development will allow Ocean First Institute to fulfill its mission of conservation through research and education by affording staff and associated students opportunities to conduct ecologically significant and conservation-minded research, often involving endangered or imperiled species and heavily impacted habitats.

The findings are then shared with centers of education, the public, scientific community, resource managers, and state and federal representatives to promote positive action for the environment, including our waterways and ocean.

The purpose of Ocean First Institute’s research is to fill gaps of knowledge that are key for science-based conservation, and to work with students through their educational programs to produce generations of conservation minded scientists and stewards for the environment.


Click here to learn more about Ocean First Institute.