What is Aquarius?

The Medina Aquarius Program is dedicated to the study and preservation of marine ecosystems worldwide. As part of the FIU Marine Education and Research Initiative, the Program is enhancing the scope and impact of FIU on research, educational outreach, technology development, and professional training. At the heart of the program is the one-of-a-kind Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research laboratory.

Deployed 60 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Aquarius is a globally significant asset that provides unparalleled means to study the ocean, test and develop state-of-the-art undersea technology, train specialized divers and astronauts, and engage the world's imagination. At Aquarius, scientists are at the cutting edge of research on coral reefs, ocean acidification, climate change, fisheries and the overall health of the oceans...Read More.

Latest News

REEF Fest 2015


You Are Invited! September 24 - 27, 2015, Key Largo, FL Celebrate Marine Conservation Success with Diving, Seminars, and Parties! Aquarius Education and Outreach Program Coordinator Aileen Soto is giving a talk along with many fellow marine enthusiasts and marine life experts. Please see the website for more details and the complete schedule: http://www.reef.org/REEFFest2015

Support a Teacher Under the Sea!


This November, FIU scientists and teachers from around the world have the opportunity to board Aquarius to conduct the first experiment to date to quantify how sharks affect the behavior of coral reef fishes. We need you to make Teacher Under the Sea a reality. It takes $6,250 per teacher to secure space aboard Aquarius for this eight-day mission. Please visit our Rockethub campaign to show your support! https://www.rockethub.com/projects/59971-teacher-under-the-sea

NEEMO 20 Announced


NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) is scheduled to conduct their 20th mission to the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory in July 2015.

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