Panama City Laboratory

A laboratory of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center—conducting innovative research for sustainable fisheries.

Our Location

The Panama City Laboratory was originally established in northwest Florida as the Eastern Gulf Marine Laboratory of the U.S. Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, reclassified as the U.S. Department of Interior in 1966. In 1970, the laboratory was assimilated into the new U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With the donation of 11 acres of land from the Panama City Chamber of Commerce, construction of a new building with direct access to St. Andrews Bay, was completed in May 1972; to support research needs in benthic studies of invertebrate populations, artificial reefs, fishing gear selectivity, sea turtle conservation, and non-indigenous species. Current research supports shark population assessment, fish biology (age, growth, and reproduction), reef fish surveys, at-sea observer programs, marine protected areas and protected resources studies.

Our Leadership