Marine Fish Lab

The Auburn Marine Fish lab research addresses the fisheries, ecology and behavior of marine fishes.

Our studies have included age and growth, reproduction, early-life-history, predator-prey relations, diet analysis, movements, behavioral interactions, and in general the effects of habitats both natural and artificial on the fish populations in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The AU Marine Fish Lab operates at Auburn’s Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope, AL comprised of an onsite 3000 gal seawater system, laboratory, offices, and multiple research vessels. View our facilities.

Our Research

One male and female scuba divers pose underwater while doing fish research in the Gulf of Mexico.

Some Auburn Marine Fish Lab research projects include, but are not limited to: the effects of explosive removal of oil-gas platforms; red snapper, gray trigger fish, and shark habitat/movements; effects of the BP oil spill on reef fish, DNA analysis of red snappers diet; and comparisons of northern Gulf of Mexico reef fish ecology. For a complete list of current research projects please click on the link below.

View Research Projects

How to Report a Tagged Fish


Presently we are tracking the movements of red snapper, gray triggerfish, and some shark species in the Gulf of Mexico. There are multiple AU research projects underway and we would be happy to help you locate the correct lab at Auburn University to report your tagged fish.


STEP 1:¬†Check your AU fish’s tag location and color.

Did you recapture a red snapper with a BLUE tag?  If yes, then you at the correct web site.

If not, and your red snapper is has a yellow tag in the back it is most likely from a different tagging study started in 2016 and not our study. Please call contact, or call 1-855-818-9983.



STEP 2: Report Your Tagged Auburn Fish

All of the red snapper and gray triggerfish tagged in our study have blue external tags that have Auburn University, 251-990-4858, and a 4-digit tag number written on the side of them. Most of these tagged fish also have internal tags located within the gut cavity.

Please click on the link below for examples of our tags, reward details, return requirements, and instructions on how to report a tagged fish to the AU Marine Fish Lab.

Report a Tagged Fish