Southeast Fisheries Science Center

Providing independent, objective science to inform regional fisheries management decisions in the U.S. South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean.

Our Location

Map of Southeast Region with labs labeled.

The Center is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has science laboratories located in Beaufort, North Carolina; Panama City, Florida; Pascagoula and Stennis, Mississippi; and Galveston, Texas. We also have researchers located in Lafayette, Louisiana, as well as port agents and fisheries observers stationed throughout the region.

The Southeast region is among the most complex and diverse regions in the United States, spanning three large marine ecosystems:

  • Gulf of Mexico
  • South Atlantic
  • U.S. Caribbean 

Our Leadership


Management Team


Other Locations

SEFSC Beaufort Laboratory

Fisheries research at the Beaufort Laboratory furthers the nation's conservation objectives primarily through the collection and analysis of data to describe the individual and population biology of living marine resources, understand the structure and function of large Marine ecosystems, assess fish stocks, assess population and health of sea turtles and dolphins, conduct aging of reef fishes, and collect data and samples and conduct assessments with commercial menhaden fisheries and recreational headboat fisheries in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

SEFSC Panama City Laboratory

The Panama City Lab performs research relevant to the formulation of national plans to manage the marine fishery resources of the U.S. South Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. Our current research program encompasses a spectrum of projects including basic fishery biology, ecology, routine monitoring and data collection, and habitat mapping.

SEFSC Mississippi Laboratories

The Mississippi Laboratories (Pascagoula and Stennis locations) research activities are in response to resource management, environmental, and utilization needs and are by design inherently responsive to various legislative and fishing industry needs throughout the southeast region. We are also the home port of the NOAA Ships Gordon Gunter, Oregon II, and Pisces, which conduct scientific surveys of the health and abundance of fishery resources and marine mammals.

SEFSC Galveston Laboratory

The Galveston Lab provides scientific information on the management of commercial and recreational shellfish and finfish, conservation of coastal habitats, and protection of threatened and endangered marine species of the Gulf of Mexico. The Galveston Lab also supports staff in Lafayette, LA at the Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center which provides scientific information on conservation of coastal habitats, management of commercial and recreational shellfish and finfish, protection of threatened and endangered marine species, including the Marine Mammal Molecular Genetics Lab, protection of coastal wetlands.