Seward Marine Center

Seward Marine Center

The Seward Marine Center is located approximately 130 miles south of Anchorage at the head of Resurrection Bay.

SMC provides access to saltwater laboratories and the coastal environment. There are excellent laboratories and mooring facilities. There is also a 4-plex apartment unit for visiting scientists. Scientists from other institutions are welcome to apply for research visits to the facility.

R/V Sikuliaq

The Seward Marine Center is the homeport of the 261-foot, Global Class, ice-capable R/V Sikuliaq. This ship is part of the UNOLS fleet and is run by the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The vessel began science operations in 2014 and is available for ocean research. Learn more about the ship.

R/V Nanuq

The Seward Marine Center operates the R/V Nanuq, a state-of-the-art, 40 foot near-coastal research vessel. Commissioned in 2019, this vessel boasts a 1,000 lb hydraulic A-frame, flow-through seawater supply, dive platform, and a cruising speed of 20+ knots. On board, researchers will find a basic galley, a multiuse bench space, and 4 bunks for berthing. With her 13-foot aft deck, Nanuq is designed to accommodate the deployment of a wide variety of equipment to support oceanographic and marine biology research, including CTD rosettes, plankton nets, moorings, and tow sleds.

The day rate for Nanuq includes shoreside logistics and administrative support. The vessel can be reserved and utilized by academic and research-oriented organizations seeking to further the Seward Marine Center mission of research and education. For more information and to inquire about availability, please contact Captain Brian Mullaly at or 907-224-4393. Note that when scheduling the vessel, preference will be given to University of Alaska researchers. Non-University of Alaska organizations must submit their requests no earlier than 3 months prior to their desired cruise date(s).

The Tsunami Bowl

Each winter Alaska holds a regional ocean sciences competition for Alaska high school students—the Alaska Tsunami Bowl. The Tsunami Bowl is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) competition, which was started in 1998 to celebrate the International Year of the Ocean. Each year the winning team of the Alaska Tsunami Bowl competes against other regional teams from all over the United States at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals competition. The Alaska regional competition is sponsored by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and the Seward Marine Center, with additional support from Alaska Sea Grant and many other generous sponsors. Learn more about the event.

The "Seward Campus"

The Seward Marine Center and UAF faculty located in Seward work closely to provide support for graduate students at what is often called the "Seward Campus" of the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Co-located with the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, the Seward Campus is a central feature in the community of Seward and the Kenai Peninsula.

Established in 1970, the Seward Marine Center is one of Alaska's primary docking facilities for marine research vessels and was the home port for the 133-foot R/V Alpha Helix for 25 years until it was sold in 2007 in anticipation of the arrival of R/V Sikuliaq.

SMC provides laboratory space, accommodations, office support, and coastal support for Alaska's visiting marine and fisheries scientists, UAF graduate students, and staff and faculty of the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.


The Seward Marine Center is a major marine research and support facility operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. SMC's mission is to support research vessel operations, shore-based marine science research, and CFOS mooring research and fabrication.

Seward Marine Center (SMC)

201 Railway Ave –and– 201 Third Ave
PO Box 730
Seward, Alaska 99664-0730

Telephone: 907-224-5261
Fax: 907-224-3392

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