April 15 – Dauphin Island, AL
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama (DISL) held its annual Open House on Saturday with special partner NOAA.
This free, fun-filled family event included a variety of environmentally themed children’s activities. The public was invited to meet the scientists and graduate students of the Sea Lab and view their ongoing research projects.
DISL’s Discovery Day was also the groundbreaking for the new Richard C. Shelby Center for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management, a National Marine Fisheries Service building. NOAA officials Tim Keeney, Captain Rick Brown, and Dr. Richard Spinrad spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony to kick of the special day.
As a marine laboratory, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s mission encompasses marine science education, marine science research, coastal zone management policy, and general public education through the Estuarium, DISL’s public aquarium. Located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, 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 activities.
Kids and parents enjoyed the various activities of the day, gathering goodies as they toured the Sea Lab, both inside and out.
Government officials, DISL representatives, and NOAA officials break ground on the new research facility.
Visitors and volunteers toured the Estuarium and other exhibits at the Sea Lab.
NOAA employees from the Gulf of Mexico region and beyond gather after the groundbreaking to recognize the 200th celebration.
A Discovery Day participant gets a NOAA logo painted on his face.