Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation to Receive $500,000

Asst US Attorney Mike Anderson, US Attorney Kenyen Brown, Helene Hassell, Dr. John Valentine, Commander Solomon
Asst US Attorney Mike Anderson, US Attorney Kenyen Brown, Helene Hassell, Dr. John Valentine, Commander Solomon



On June 30, 2016 the U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown and US Asst. District Attorney Mike Anderson awarded the  Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation $500,000 from the $2.5 million settlement in the case of the U.S. Government vs DSD Shipping at a press conference. 


DSD Shipping (DSD), a Norwegian shipping company, was sentenced to pay a total corporate penalty of $2.5 million as a result of its convictions in Mobile, Alabama, for obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by dumping thousands of gallons of oily bilge into the ocean, tampering with witnesses and conspiring to commit these offenses.  The company was ordered to pay $500,000 of the penalty to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation to fund marine research and enhance coastal habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay.


The U.S. District Attorney's office utilized a statute which allowed them to direct part of the court fine to a non-profit community organization.   Through research of worthy organizations who were involved in the marine and coastal conservation they became aware of the DISLF and its mission. "To Support the Sea Lab in providing wise stewardship of the marine environment through education and research”. The foundation provides funds to sustain the activities of the Sea Lab and promotes awareness of the Sea Lab and environmental issues.


We would like to thank the U.S. Attorneys office for recognizing the DISLF with this penalty award, “The funds awarded to the DISL Foundation will be used for marine research, education and to enhance coastal habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay.”says Helene Hassell, Executive Director of the DISL Foundation.




Join the Friends of the Sea Lab



It's summertime and there is no better outing than going to the Estuarium at Dauphin Island.  Once the day has heated up you can head to the Estuarium for lots of fun, education  and entertainment in the AC. 


The Estuarium is an exciting educational public aquarium highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.


 You can  enjoy unlimited visits for you and your entire family for a whole year to the Estuarium by joining the Friends of the Sea Lab!!  Click on the Friends tab to learn more.


Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon 2016

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Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon: The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation will host the Fifth Annual Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon on Tuesday November 1, 2016, from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Renaissance Battle House Hotel. This will be a wonderful luncheon featuring award-wining Scientist, Dr. Sylvia Earle. Awards will also be presented to an individual and a business or organization that have made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.




Cocktails with the Critters 2017



Cocktails with the Critters was fantastic!!!  We had a huge crowd and a good time was had by all.


Photos are coming soon!


Now it's time to Mark your calendar for Cocktails with Critters 2017.....Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Bluegill on the Causeway!



Don't miss it.  It will be a blast!





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Contact Information:
Executive Director
Helene Hassell
(251) 605-6624

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