Help us better understand how marine resources in the Southeast are responding to increasing ocean temperatures.
Sponsor a graduate student who will use temperature logger data and the FACT Network acoustic sensor array to examine how temperature affects fish movement patterns in south Florida marine ecosystems.
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Warming ocean waters have been observed globally. How do warming waters affect marine fish, corals, and critical fish habitat in Florida? Consider donating to help SECOORA and the FACT Network answer this question.
SECOORA and the FACT Network are partnering to sponsor a graduate student to examine how temperature affects fish movement patterns in south Florida marine ecosystems. Our goal is to raise $15,000 and we are 85% of the way there.
Help us reach our goal and give the gift of a student scholarship
All donations are tax deductible.
In South Florida, scientists are using acoustic telemetry to track the movements of important marine species such as sea turtles, tarpon, permit, sawfish, cobia, and nurse sharks. Tracking is conducted by implanting or attaching acoustic tags to the animal and then stationary underwater devices called receivers record information from the acoustic tag when the animal swims within range of the receiver. These receivers are found in coastal waters throughout South Florida from Biscayne Bay down to the Florida Keys and into the Everglades.
Receiver data allows researchers to determine how animals use their environment, including seasonal use of habitats and migration patterns. However, to better understand how climate may impact animal movements, researchers need to deploy temperature loggers at receiver locations.
The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation provided $15,000 allowing SECOORA to purchase 3 new receivers and 30 water temperature loggers which FACT Network members will deploy. SECOORA’s goal is to raise another $15,000 in to support a graduate student to research how marine resources in the Southeast are responding to increasing ocean temperatures. The project study area will focus on Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys.
We need your help in order to make this student opportunity happen. Please donate today - all donations are tax deductible. If you prefer to mail a check, please scroll to "SECOORA Tax and Mailing Info".
Why This Matters
Understanding how water temperature influences the movements of fishes and turtles is critical for effective protection and management of our aquatic resources. The simultaneous collection of animal location and temperature data will be used in the development of predictive models of temperature dependent fish behavior, model validation for hurricanes, and coral reef response to water temperature. A graduate student will be selected to analyze the water temperature data and use the data, along with the tag data to conduct their research.
The FACT Network
Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation
SECOORA Tax Info and Mailing
SECOORA is a 501(c)(3); all donations are tax deductible. SECOORA's is Tax ID 26-1215705. Donations can be made via this page or by mailing a check to SECOORA.
Mailing information: Support a Student Fisheries Research in South Florida
Attention: Munson Award: Support a Student
PO Box 13856
Charleston, SC 29422