The Dauphin Island Sea Lab on the Alabama Gulf Coast is the state’s primary marine education and research center. DISL is the home site of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium and was founded by an act of the Alabama State Legislature in 1971. The DISL primarily serves the 22 four-year colleges and universities of Alabama through its college summer courses and graduate programs of. The educational mission also includes Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) which encompasses K-12 field programs, teacher-training, and public outreach. DHP also includes the Estuarium, the public aquarium of the DISL, which focuses solely on the Mobile-Tensaw Estuary System.
As a marine laboratory, the DISL’s mission encompasses marine science education, marine science research, coastal zone management policy and educating the general public through the Estuarium, DISL’s public aquarium. Located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, across the street from historic Fort Gaines. The DISL is surrounded by Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound and the waters of the Gulf, making it perfectly situated for a wide range of marine science activity. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit this enjoyable and educational attraction on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
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Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Estuarium