Research & Education - A collection of links for aquariums, aquaculture, fish databases, oceanography, marine sciences, and museums along with specialty sites for seafood, lobster, whales, tuna, dolphin (fish), shark, shellfish, squid


    Adventure Aquarium – Come explore nearly 200,000 square feet of sharks, hippopotamuses, free-flying birds and sea life from around the world.   There are a wide variety of special touch exhibits and shows, and jump-in-the-water adventures with marine critters – Camden, NJ

    Age Determination Methods for Northwest Atlantic Fish Species – A detailed and lengthy treatise on determining the age of such fishes as Butterfish, Cod Herring, Mackerel, Black Sea Bass, Pollock, Red Hake, Silver Hake, Winter Flounder, Summer Flounder (Fluke), Weakfish and other species inhabiting the Northwest Atlantic ocean – Fishery Biology Program, Woods Hole Massachusetts Laboratory

    Argus Nautical – Our many home study courses cover Chartwork, Marine Navigation, Marine Safety, Astro Navigation, Collision Avoidance, plus prepare you for USCG Master Limited, Fishing Master and Watchkeeping Mate examinations – Burnaby, BC, Canada

    Atlantis Marine World Aquarium – Long Island's number one year round attraction, is alive with many exciting marine life exhibits – Riverhead, NY

    Auburn University – Department of Fisheries & Allied Aquacultures.   Our mission is to conduct research on all aspects of water resource management, including aquaculture, aquatic animal health, genomics, aquatic ecology, conservation, and fisheries management – Auburn, AL

    Australian Fish Facts – Get them at the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Canberra, Australia

    Cephalopod Page – Good evening suckers!   Dr. James B. Wood’s accurate, interesting and educational content oriented page devoted to the most active, intelligent and interesting invertebrates known... the Cephalopods (octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses.)

    CephBase – A dynamic relational database-driven web site that has been online since 1998.   The purpose of CephBase is to provide taxonomic data, life history, distribution, images, videos, references and scientific contact information on all living species of cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus) in an easy to access, user-friendly manner.   Over 1600 pictures and 140 videos are available for your viewing pleasure – Co-creators James B. Wood and Catriona Day’s CephBase project is supported by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program and is physically located at the National Resource Center for Cephalopods at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

    FDA Regulatory Fish Encyclopedia – The FDA Seafood List is a searchable compendium of more than 1,500 species of finfish and shellfish important in the U.S.   It includes Approved Market Names, Common Names, Scientific Names, Vernacular (local) Names and links back to the RFE for those species included – U.S. Food & Drug Administration

    FDA Seafood List  – "The Seafood List" is a compilation of existing acceptable market names for imported and domestically available seafood as well as scientific names, common names, and known vernacular or regional names – U.S. Food & Drug Administration

    FishLink – An industry led focused Internet site for Fish and Shellfish aquaculture and fisheries – Kelso, Scotland

    Florida Museum of Natural History  – Explore the collection of Florida fishes and sharks.   Special kids section – Ichthyology Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    Florida State University Department of Oceanography – Oceanography is in some sense a misnomer.   The word itself tempts one into thinking that oceanography represents a single well-defined discipline, with traditions and methods that stand apart from those of the more classical sciences.   In reality, oceanography consists of the application of the basic disciplines of biology, chemistry, geology, math, and physics to the seas.   The Department of Oceanography is a research-oriented, graduate-only department within the School of Arts and Sciences – Tallahassee, FL

    Geology and Geography of New York Bight Beaches – A "Bight" of the Big Apple!   A collection of short reports and image libraries about the natural history of the New York Bight region.   The goal of this project is to provide basic information about the beaches scattered throughout the New York Bight, emphasizing those within Gateway National Recreation Area (New York and New Jersey) – City University of New York, Earth & Environmental Science, and Ph.D. Program

    Gulf Oyster Project – Oysters, oh glorious oysters!   People either love it or hate it.   But those of us who revel in its mystique know that oysters, whether served au naturel in the halfshell or elaborately prepared into a delicate entrée, never cease to delight the senses.   The goal of this project is to increase the overall sales and consumption of oysters through the development and promotion of safer post-harvest processed (PHP) oyster products, processes and technologies

    Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution – Dedicated to exploring the world's oceans, integrating the science and technology of the sea with the needs of humankind.   Our staff includes over 250 includes scientists, engineers, mariners and support personnel.   We are involved in research and education in the marine sciences; biological, chemical, and environmental sciences; marine biomedical sciences; marine mammal conservation; aquaculture; and ocean engineering.   We have a wide variety of educational programs and products to raise public awareness of the marine environment – Fort Pierce, FL

    Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory – HSRL, located at Bivalve and Cape Shore on the Delaware Bay, is a New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) and a field station for the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS) both located at Cook College, Rutgers University.   This dual role permits HSRL to draw upon the strengths of both programs to fulfill its role in fisheries and aquaculture research.   The station has over a 100-year tradition of disseminating research results and working cooperatively with state and federal agencies and the fisheries and aquaculture communities in southern New Jersey.

    International Pacific Halibut Commission – Information about stock assessments, halibut landing reports, season openings and closures.   The Commission's mandate is research on and management of the stocks of Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) within the Convention waters – Seattle, WA

    Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! – Offers a weekend seminar series for women which offers a complete fishing experience presented in a non-intimidating environment, including classes on inshore, offshore, bottom and fly fishing, hands-on training, skill practice, an actual fishing excursion, fish fillet practice, cooking instruction and a Fish Tales Party – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Lobster Institute – The Lobster Institute, with guidance and involvement from fishermen and all constituents within the lobster industry, and with both a community and global perspective, conducts and provides for research and educational outreach focused on protecting, conserving, and enhancing lobsters and lobstering as an industry… and as a way of life – University of Maine, Orono, ME

    Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center – In support of it's mission, MAIC promotes applied aquaculture research, assists in the formulation of policies favorable to industry growth, serves as a clearing house for aquaculture information, and liaises with government organizations, aquafarms and general public – Orono, ME

    Maine Lobster Promotion Council – The MLPC markets and promotes the sale of Maine lobster in local, regional, national, and world markets year-round.   The MLPC encourages education and training of all customers, including wholesale, retail and foodservice, and end-consumers, about how to handle, prepare, serve, promote, and sell Maine lobster.   The Maine State Legislature established the MLPC in 1991 at the request of the Maine lobster industry.   The MLPC is a public instrumentality of the state, funded primarily through assessments paid by lobster license holders –  Bangor, ME

    Marine Academy of Science and Technology – M.A.S.T. is a coed four-year high school, grades 9-12.   The school's curriculum focuses on marine sciences and marine technology and engineering – Sandy Hook, NJ

    Marine Biological Laboratory – Creative research and education in Biology, Biomedicine and Ecology – Woods Hole, MA

    Mariners School – Our training, instructors and course materials are fully approved by the USCG and provide an alternative to license exams at USCG regional centers.   We teach you hands-on, practical boating know-how, so that you can pass the Captain's License or Masters License tests at one of our convenient locations – Princeton, NJ

    Maryland Sea Grant – Since 1977, the Maryland Sea Grant College supports innovative marine research and education, with a special focus on the Chesapeake Bay – University System of Maryland, College Park, MD

    MBLWHOI Library – For over a century, the MBLWHOI Library has been the intellectual heart of the Woods Hole scientific community.   Today the Library is internationally recognized as defining current trends and practices in marine information sciences and bioinformatics.   The Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution maintain a vital partnership in the day-to-day operation of the MBLWHOI Library.   The Library continues to build one of the most unique print and electronic literature collections in the biological, biomedical, ecological, and oceanographic sciences – Woods Hole, MA

    Museum Of New Jersey Maritime History – A non-profit museum of New Jersey maritime memorabilia.   Exhibits include the U.S. Life Saving Service, a rare post-card collection of New Jersey towns, USLSS stations and lighthouses, pre-historic fossils recovered from the inter-continental shelf off the New Jersey coast, antique navigational equipment, antique diving gear, photographs of Beach Haven's 1930s head-boats, shipwreck artifacts recovered from various wreck sites off the New Jersey coast, the Morro Castle shipwreck, artifacts recovered from the 1827 wreck of the Aurora off Sandy Hook and more.   The Museum also has an extensive research library, consisting of hundreds of rare, out-of-print books, Sailor's Magazine and Naval Journal, shipwreck files and photographs.   Open year round – Dock Road and West Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ

    Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea, is the nation's leading maritime museum.   Explore American maritime history firsthand as you climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village or watch a working preservation shipyard in action – Mystic, CT

    National Optical Astronomy Observatories – NOAO's purpose is to provide the best ground-based astronomical telescopes to the nation's astronomers, to promote public understanding and support of science, and to help advance all aspects of US astronomy.   As a national facility, NOAO telescopes are open to all astronomers regardless of institutional affiliation.   Participants include Kitt Peak National Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, and the National Solar Observatory – Tucson, AZ

    New Bedford Whaling Museum – The largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port.   Through exhibits, publications, and programs, the Museum brings to life the whaling era and the history of the local area.   It houses the most extensive collection of art, artifacts, and manuscripts pertaining to American whaling in the age of sail – New Bedford, MA

    New England Aquarium – The New England Aquarium offers exhibits, educational, conservation and research programs.  Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance and beauty of aquatic life and habitats, and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues.   Programs emphasize species, habitats, and issues critical to New England – Boston, MA

    New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences – A non-profit organization committed to education, conservation and research.   We are academics with a fishy flare who love to share what we know and have found some very creative ways of doing so.   The Academy provides a wide array of educational opportunities, including classroom activities, outreach programs, distance learning opportunities, sleepovers at Adventure Aquarium and tours with Academy educators.   The concept of conserving natural resources is emphasized in all our education and research efforts – Camden, NJ

    New Jersey Lighthouse Society – The NJLHS is nonprofit, tax exempt, educational corporation dedicated to the history and preservation of lighthouses everywhere, but particularly in the New Jersey, Delaware Bay and New York Harbor – Navesink, NJ

    New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium – Founded in 1969 as a cooperative center for the study of marine and environmental science, it is one of the largest alliances of its kind in the United States and boasts a membership of 29 colleges and universities.   The NJMSC contributes leading research in the field of marine and environmental science through its internal grantsmanship program and by awarding scientists and researchers competitive research grants from the New Jersey Sea Grant College Program.   It annually offers more than 20,000 school children and 500 educators through its successful K-12 education programs, all conducted in its coastal classroom, along the beaches, bayshores, and marshes of Sandy Hook, as well as hundreds of college and post-graduate students from the tri-state area.   The NJMSC also owns and operates a fleet of vessels, led by the R/V Lionel A. Walford, which are available to research, educational, and consulting organizations – Fort Hancock, Highlands, NJ

    New York Aquarium – Where the City meets the Sea.   As the only aquarium in New York City and part of the largest network of metropolitan wildlife parks in the country, the New York Aquarium holds a special place in the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society – To save wildlife and wild places around the globe.   From Beluga whales to walruses, from sharks to seahorses, the incredible variety of wildlife at our seaside park in Brooklyn reflects the diversity of marine life itself – Brooklyn, NY

    NOAA – Office of Habitat Conservation – The OHC interacts with the NOAA Fisheries Regional Offices to manage, conserve and enhance habitats for fishery resources, protected species and other living marine resources – Silver Spring, MD

    OceanAdapt – Search and download data on the geographic and depth ranges of more than 650 species of fish and invertebrates and track how those distributions have changed over time.   This is a valuable tool for the fishermen, fishery managers, and scientists who are grappling with the challenge of adapting to a changing climate – Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ

    Ocean Planet Homepage – The material on this site is presented as an archival version of the script of "Ocean Planet," a 1995 Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition.   The exhibition ran from April 1995 to April 1996, where it attracted nearly two million visitors.   The content reflects the state of knowledge at the time of the exhibition, and has not been updated – Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

    Pelagic Shark Research Foundation – To help address the critical lack of data about sharks in the open ocean, and contribute to public awareness of the issues involved in shark conservation, the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation (PSRF) was formed as a nonprofit (as a project of Earth Island Institute) research and education group in 1990 – Santa Cruz, CA

    Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences – Provides national and international leadership in marine science and is New Jersey's focal point for education, research, and service efforts in estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.   IMCS is dedicated to developing, communicating, and understanding processes governing change and sustainability in marine and coastal ecosystems, and to shaping future directions for the use and protections of our vital marine and coastal resources – New Brunswick, NJ

    Rutgers University Marine Field Station – A field facility of the Rutgers' IMCS, it is a working lab with graduate and postdoctoral level research ongoing year-round.   RUMFS is uniquely situated across from the Little Egg Inlet in the Mullica River-Great Bay estuary, one of the most pristine estuaries on the east coast – Tuckerton, NJ

    San Diego Maritime Museum – The museum has been an active part of San Diego's waterfront and cultural life since the arrival of the Star of India in 1927.   The mission of the museum is to serve as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world – North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

    Seafood.com – One of the primary destinations for the seafood industry.   Our daily news service is recognized as the best in the industry.   We provide a trading board that is used by buyers and sellers around the world to move products.   We also are one of the principal seafood consumer destinations on the web.   We provide companies that sell online directly to consumers an excellent means to increase their traffic and orders – Lexington, MA

    Seafood Network Information Center – Offers a wealth of consumer information for seafood of all types including recipes, health information, preparation, storage, sanitation and safety issues.   The SeafoodNIC is a service operated by the Sea Grant Extension Program at the University of California – Davis, CA

    Seagrass Page – Useful information on seagrasses in a common resource that will help future researchers, managers and the general public – Botany Department, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

    Shoals Marine Laboratory – Operating under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in cooperation with the University of New Hampshire in Durham, the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) offers a unique opportunity for students to experience marine science.   Located on 95-acre Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine, this near-pristine environment allows students to study many aspects of intertidal and sub-tidal ecology.

    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Ichthyology is the study of fishes.   Research by staff and associates in the Division covers a broad spectrum of the great diversity of fishes, generally relying on the vast resources of the national fish collection.   The fish collection, at the National Museum of Natural History, is the largest in the world, with approximately 3.5 million specimens – Washington, DC

    South Carolina Dolphin Tagging Project – From 2002 through 2005, a dolphin tagging study initiated by the South Carolina DNR was designed to address the travels of dolphin along US shores to define their movements and migrations.   The study was highly successful in its four years of operation.   Cooperative Science Services, a private fisheries research consulting company, continues the dolphin research project.   The common dolphin (fish), Coryphaena hippurus, is one of nature's most remarkable fish.   Dolphin are a highly pelagic species that have been shown to travel 80 miles straight-line distance in 24 hours.   It is known to grow as fast as 2.7 inches in length per week and reach sexual maturity at 3 to 4 months of age.   Females appear to be in a constant state of egg production, spawning multiple times in a year.   Few individuals live past 18 months of age with one of the oldest dolphin aged reported to be only four years old – Charleston, SC

    South Street Seaport Museum – Founded in 1967, the mission of the South Street Seaport Museum is to trace the history of the Port of New York, and its commercial and cultural impact on the city, the state, and the nation.   The museum fulfills its mission through its galleries and exhibits, living history programs, programs and events, educational programs for children and adults, and the largest privately owned collection of historic vessels (in tonnage) in the United States – New York, NY

    Squidfish.net – The largest squid fishing web site in the world.   The site deals with all aspects of squid fishing including recreational squid fishing, commercial squid fishing, squid processing, fisheries management, seafood products and squid fisheries research.   The site also offers various forums and chat rooms – Melbourne, Australia

    Tag A Giant – The Tag-A-Giant project is focused on gathering scientific data that will provide information necessary to solve critical stock structure issues surrounding bluefin tuna.   TAG scientists are deploying satellite and implantable data storage tags in giant bluefin tuna – Tuna Research and Conservation Center at Hopkins Marine Station, Stamford U., Pacific Grove, CA

    The Mariners' Museum – You'll find one of the largest international maritime history museums filled to the crow's nest with prized artifacts that celebrate the spirit of seafaring adventure.   Explore over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, small craft from around the world, and much more – Newport News, VA

    The Maritime History Virtual Archives – Lars Bruzelius offers an outstanding archive of naval history, ships, biographies, etymology, societies, museums, naval architecture, seamanship and naval history – Uppsala, Sweden

    The Wetlands Institute – "The Natural Place to Have Fun!"   They promote the conservation and preservation of coastal ecosystems by providing a fun and educational experience for families, school groups and vacationers of all ages.   Activities include complete guided tours, as well as back bay boat rides, kayaking, live animal shows, family entertainment and guided beach & dune walks – Stone Harbor, NJ

    University of Washington – The College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences was established in 1981.   It consists of of five of the major units of the University in the areas of marine and freshwater School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, the School of Oceanography, the School of Marine Affairs, the Applied Physics Laboratory, and the  Washington Sea Grant Program – Seattle, WA

    United States Power Squadrons® – Organized in 1914, USPS is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.   Their members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education.

    University of Washington – Columbia Basin Research (CBR) is a joint effort of scientific research projects through the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington.   We investigate issues surrounding salmon biology in the Columbia and Snake River basins.   Our research has produced computer models which simulate and predict salmon migration and survival in the Columbia Basin and salmon harvest in the North Pacific – Seattle, WA

    US Environmental Protection Agency – River Corridor and Wetland Restoration – Excellent resource for information about wetlands restoration, creation and enhancement.

    Virginia Institute of Marine Science – VIMS has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public.   The VIMS School of Marine Science (SMS) is the professional graduate school in marine science for the College of William & Mary.   Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States – Gloucester Point, VA

    Whale Shark Research in the Northern Gulf of Mexico – This site, operated by the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, offers lots of information about the Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus, the largest fish in the ocean.   Topics include basic biology, behavior, photos, and movement patterns of whale sharks in the northern Gulf – University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution – The Institution is a private, independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to research and higher education at the frontiers of ocean science.   Its primary mission is to develop and effectively communicate a fundamental understanding of the processes and characteristics governing how the oceans function and how they interact with the Earth as a whole – Woods Hole, MA