Gulf Coast Research and Extension CenteR
The AU Marine Fish Lab is located at Auburn’s Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope, Alabama. The lab is conveniently located only a few miles from the coast and about 20 miles from Mobile. The lab is made up of two houses that sit on the farm property. Each lab has 4 rooms for office space, a kitchen, and a classroom. One of the buildings is also set up with an otolith analysis station.
The Au Marine Fish Lab also has a wet lab on site. The wet lab is a closed sea water system holding almost 3000 gallons of water. It has 9 circular tanks that are 5 feet in diameter and hold 275 gallons of seawater each. The wet lab is designed to allow students to set up and run experiments and to learn how to successfully maintain a wet lab. Presently, the wet lab holds tagged gray triggerfish to assess the effects of tagging on this species.
The AU Marine Fish Lab’s vessels are docked at Dauphin Island. The R/V Mary Lou is a 44 foot research vessel specially designed by Jeff Gillman for the lab’s research. The Mary Lou is set up for fishing, diving, tagging, side scan sonar, trawling, and hydroacoustics. The R/V JW Jensen is a 38 foot Henriques Yacht designed for fishing, diving, tagging, and side scan sonar.