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PRESS RELEASES


SEJ Invites Local Scientist to Speak at International Conference
Ft. Pierce, Florida - Sept. 13, 2011 | Dr. Edith Widder and Dr. Sarah Frias-Torres of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) in Fort Pierce have been invited to speak at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) in Miami on October 19-23, 2011. Press Release


Free Public Lecture: "Exploring and Protecting Planet Ocean"
IRSC Main Campus, Ft. Pierce, FL - Feb. 24th, 7PM | Dr. Widder will share tales of her research and discoveries, as well as provide insight into how humans are impacting our ocean planet. This free event is open to the public and will be followed by light refreshments. Registration is not required. Also, a full-day workshop investigating the topic for classroom teachers and informal educators will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at the IRSC Main Campus. Learn More | Press Release


Latest Technology System Deployed in the Choptank River
Ft. Pierce, Florida - May 17, 2010 | The Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA) announced today that it has deployed a water quality monitoring system called Kilroy to determine watershed flow patterns and physical water characteristics from Island Creek into the Choptank River of Chesapeake Bay. The Kilroy system is compiling data for water flow speeds, flow direction, temperature, wave height and water depth.


ORCA's Top Scientist Receives Conservationist of the Year Award
Ft. Pierce, Florida - May 21, 2009 | Dr. Edith “Edie”Widder, co-founder, president and senior scientist of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA), has received the Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County’s Environmentalist of the Year award. Dr.Widder was recognized for her leadership in developing the ORCA Kilroy, a new water quality monitoring system deployed to help protect the Indian River Lagoon.


First Kilroy Electronic Water Monitoring System Tested In Florida
Ft. Pierce, Florida - February 19, 2009 | The world’s first network of ORCA’s Kilroy
water monitoring systems, the newest conservation tool being developed by the Ocean
Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) to provide more accurate water quality data
than conventional sampling methods, will begin initial monitoring tests today in Florida’s
Indian River Lagoon.

Technology Protects Critically Endangered Goliath Grouper
Ft. Pierce, Florida - November 19, 2008 | The Ocean Research & Conservation
Association (ORCA) and its collaborators announced today the world's first use of an
acoustic underwater camera to survey juveniles of goliath grouper in mangrove habitats.
This high tech sonogram finds the baby giants tucked away in mangrove nurseries
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Dr. Widder wins MacArthur Fellowship
Ft. Pierce, Florida - September 19, 2006 | Dr. Edith Widder, President & Senior Scientist of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, has been named a MacArthur Fellow for 2006. She will receive $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years under the terms of the award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


 

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"Deployment of
ORCA’s Kilroys in the Indian River Lagoon
will be a huge step forward for improvement and restoration efforts as well as the quality of life for area residents."
-George Jones
Indian Riverkeeper


DID YOU KNOW?
In one year, three times as much rubbish is dumped into the world's oceans as the weight of fish caught.