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MEDIA CONTACT: Carin Campbell Smith

FAU Harbor Branch to Host Community Forum on Lagoon Health

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (February 6, 2013) – FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will host the “Forum on Lagoon Health,” on Friday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Johnson Education Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce.

The forum will bring together scientific experts and concerned citizens for a conversation on the challenges facing the lagoon, and also will include a discussion on lagoon sustainability efforts. The Indian River Lagoon is one of the area’s most precious resources.

The forum agenda is as follows:
9 to 9:10 a.m.             Opening Remarks

Chuck Jacoby, St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, & Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Palm Bay

9:10 to 9:25 a.m.        Science for Management

Robert Virnstein, Seagrass Ecosystems Analysts, Palatka

9:25 to 9:40 a.m.        Public Involvement

Kathy Hill, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Palatka

9:40 to 9:55 a.m.        Linking to Government

John Orcutt, citizen, Vero Beach 

9:55 a.m. to noon               Discussion

Facilitators: Chuck Jacoby and Dennis Hanisak, FAU Harbor Branch


For media personnel interested in attending the forum, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or For more information on HBOI’s February event series, visit


About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute :
Founded in 1971, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. For more information, visit .

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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