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The Seward Marine Center conducts educational activities and programs to broaden the knowledge of all aspects of marine life throughtout Alaska and encourages the responsible use and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems.

Seward Marine Center

The primary coastal facility of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is the Seward Marine Center, located approximately 130 miles south of Anchorage at the head of Resurrection Bay.

The Seward Marine Center (SMC) is the only university-owned marine station in Alaska and the northern-most university marine station in the United States.

SMC provides access to salt water laboratories and the coastal environment. There are excellent laboratories, constant temperature chambers and a running seawater system. There is also a 4-plex apartment unit for visiting scientists. Scientists from other institutions are welcome to apply for research visits to the facility.

The R/V Sikuliaq (Alaska Region Research Vessel)

The Seward Marine Center is the homeport for the 260-foot R/V Sikuliaq. The vessel will be ready for science operations in 2014. Learn more about the Sikuliaq here.

The Tsunami Bowl

Each winter, Alaska holds a regional ocean sciences competition for Alaska high school students – The Alaska Tsunami Bowl.  The 15th annual competition will be March 2-4, 2012, in Seward, Alaska.  This year's research topic is titled "Ecosystem-based Management of an Alaska-based Fishery". The winning team of the Alaska Tsunami Bowl will compete against other regional teams from all over the United States at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB).  The Alaska regional competition is sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Seward Marine Center, with additional support from the Alaska Sea Grant College Program.  Phyllis Shoemaker is the coordinator of the Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl.  Learn more about the event.  View photos and results from previous Tsunami Bowl.

The "Seward Campus"

The Seward Marine Center and UAF faculty at the Alaska SeaLife Center work closely to provide support for graduate students on what is often called the "Seward Campus" of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Co-located with the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, the "Seward Campus" is a central feature in the community of Seward and the Kenai Peninsula.

Established in 1970, the Seward Marine Center is one of Alaska's primary docking facilities for marine research vessels and was the home port for the 133 foot R/V Alpha Helix for 25 years years until it was sold in 2007 in anticipation for the arrival of the R/V Sikuliaq.

SMC provides essential laboratory space, accommodations, office support, and coastal support for Alaska's visiting marine and fisheries scientists, UAF graduate students, staff and faculty of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.


The Seward Marine Center is a major marine experimental facility operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks' School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. SMC's mission is to support research vessel operations, shore-based fishery and marine science research and educational resources for our scientists.