VITAL SIGNS

Monitoring life in the Indian River Lagoon.

Ultimately, when we talk about the health of the Indian River Lagoon we are talking about whether it can sustain life. ORCA’s Vital Signs program measures the health and survival of a variety of sentinel species such as oysters – but including other filter feeders and bioaccumulators – deployed throughout the Lagoon.

 

Adult oysters are sessile, which means they don’t move around, and they are filter feeders, which means they can provide an integrated measure of what’s happening in the water at their particular location.  If that location is reaching a tipping point, due to a buildup of chemical contamination, toxic algae or acidification, the oysters can warn us.

 

Citizen Scientists grow oysters and other sentinel species in cages off of docks and other fixed structures. These Citizen Scientist can periodically collect and analyze subsets of the species in their cages, or the can partner with a student to complete that part of the project.

 

Results will be posted on our website, providing a report card from the true residents of the lagoon – those that must live in its waters.

 

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Main Office: 1420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Center for Citizen Science: 2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office: 140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600     F: 772.467.1602

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Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Main Office:
1420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Center for Citizen Science:
2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office:
140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600     F: 772.467.1602

 

inquiries@teamorca.org

ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies and science-based conservation action.

 

Please help support our mission.

Connect with ORCA

Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Main Office:
1420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Center for Citizen Science:
2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office:
140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

F: 772.467.1602

 

inquiries@teamorca.org