Last month, Carolina Skiff, Float on Trailers, Yamaha, and local Skiff dealer, Boathouse Discount Marine, helped the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) replace their stranding-response boat that was destroyed last fall in a boating accident.
The new vessel is critical to the conservation and research efforts of HSWRI including live and dead marine mammal stranding response, post-release monitoring (radio-tracking) and boat-based dolphin research.
About Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI)
HSWRI is a not-for-profit research organization established in 1963, by the founders of SeaWorld, Inc. in San Diego, CA. For over 40 years, the Institute’s mission has been "to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it." HSWRI has been involved with marine mammal strandings in Florida for decades and has been a participant in the Southeastern U.S. Stranding Network for over 10 years. As a stranding network member, HSWRI responds to cetacean (whale and dolphin) strandings along the East coast of Florida, primarily in Brevard County, where the majority of strandings occur. Stranded animals provide an opportunity for HSWRI scientists to gather biological information and conduct valuable scientific research that is critical to our understanding of the health of coastal and ocean ecosystems in Florida.
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
3830 S. Highway A1A #4-181
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951