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.

Regions Bank Sponsors Awards Luncheon

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation is proud to announce that Regions Bank will be the sponsor for  the Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon 2016.

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.


Click here to make a reservation for the luncheon.



Dr Sylvia Earle to be Keynote Speaker at MEAL
Photo: Sylvia Earle

Photograph by Becky Hale

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Marine Environmntal Awards Luncheon.  Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures.

Formerly chief scientist of NOAA, Earle is the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, and chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute and the Ocean in Google Earth. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, and 22 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical, and popular publications; lectured in more than 80 countries; and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.

 Earle has led more than a hundred expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970; participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in July 2012; and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000-meter depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation, and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.

Citing Source:  ExplorersBio National Geographic








Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Receives $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.

Cocktails with the Critters 2017

Cocktails with the Critters 2017.....Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Bluegill on the Causeway!  Don't miss it.  It will be a blast!

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