Southeast Fisheries Science Center

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) implements and manages a multi-disciplinary science and research program that provides technical information for conserving and maintaining the sustainability and health of living marine resources and their environments. The SEFSC develops the scientific information required for

  • fishery resource conservation,
  • fishery development and utilization,
  • habitat conservation, and
  • the protection of marine mammals and endangered species.

Center staff provides information to meet the needs of the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, and the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council. The SEFSC headquarters are located in Miami, FL, with research laboratories in Miami and Panama City, FL, Beaufort, NC, Galveston, TX, Lafayette, LA, and Pascagoula, MS. SEFSC research is supported aboard the NOAA Ships Oregon II and Gordon Gunter, as well as numerous smaller research craft.