Auburn University Shellfish Lab

The Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory (AUSL) provides instruction, research and outreach in the area of shellfish ecology and production to the citizens of Alabama, the region and the nation.

The primary AUSL mission is to ensure a thriving shellfish seafood community in the United States, through globally relevant research, extension and education.

We strive to achieve this primary mission through three supporting missions.

  • To better understand the value of natural environments and promote best practices that lead to sufficient and sustainable shellfish production which in turn supports harvesters, growers, producers, distributors and consumers of shellfish.
  • To develop an inclusive, capable workforce in shellfish seafood related fields, with informed and engaged supportive communities.
  • To increase demand for shellfish produced in the United States.

AUSL is one component of the Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. AUSL is located on the campus of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on the eastern end of Dauphin Island where Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico converge. The faculty, staff and students at AUSL conduct a variety of applied and basic research associated with marine invertebrates, including the Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica. The facility includes a production hatchery and nursery.


The Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory serves as a satellite base of operations in coastal Alabama for applied and basic marine research conducted by faculty, researchers and graduate students in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences of Auburn University. Typically, research efforts are focused on applied questions that come from the shellfish industry. Read more here about our current research.


The Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory also serves as a base of operations in coastal Alabama for Extension and outreach efforts to commercial seafood stakeholders conducted by specialists and agents in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Typically, Extension and outreach efforts are focused on the needs of the oyster industry but include all aspects of commercial seafood production, distribution and marketing.  Read more here about our current Extension efforts.

Tools and Resources for off-bottom oyster farmers

We strive to provide relevant, user-friendly tools and resources to shellfish farmers. Read more here.


Meet the AUSL team here.