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FAU’s Harbor Branch to Host ‘Florida Manatee Bowl’

Regional Ocean Science Competition is Part of the Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl®

BOCA RATON, FL (March 1, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will host the “Florida Manatee Bowl,” a regional ocean science competition that is part of the annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB), on Saturday, March 3 at 9 a.m. in the Johnson Education Center at HBOI, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce.

Teams of four to five Florida high school students with a strong interest in and knowledge of marine science are tested through quick-answer buzzer questions and thought-provoking team challenge questions.  Confirmed teams for the 2012 “Florida Manatee Bowl” include: Archimedean Upper Conservatory, Miami; Eau Gallie High School, Melbourne; Heritage High School, Palm Bay; Immaculata - La Salle High School, Miami; Mandarin High School, Jacksonville; MAST Academy, Miami; Miami Palmetto High School, Pinecrest; South Broward High School, Hollywood; St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Port St. Lucie; Viera High School, Viera; and Westwood High School Marine & Oceanographic Academy, Fort Pierce.

The NOSB is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C.  Through this educational forum, the NOSB strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens to be stewards of the ocean.  Many past NOSB participants have moved on to pursue college degrees and careers in ocean science.  In 2012, approximately 2,000 students from more than 300 high schools will participate.

The winning team of the “Florida Manatee Bowl” will compete against 24 other regional champions in the 15th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22 in Baltimore, Maryland.  For more information, visit


About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute :
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research institute dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation and education related to the oceans.  Harbor Branch was founded in 1971 as a private non-profit organization. In December 2007, Harbor Branch joined Florida Atlantic University. The institute specializes in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, and marine education. For more information, visit .

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. 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. For more information, visit

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