About SMC

Seward Marine Center shoreside facilities include wet and dry laboratory space, research library, machine shop, and apartments for visiting scientists and studentsThe Seward Marine Center (SMC) is a major marine research and support facility operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

SMC operated the 133-foot R/V Alpha Helix until 2007, when it was sold to Stabbert Maritime. (Read the history of the R/V Alpha Helix [PDF]). SMC is now home port and base of operations for R/V Sikuliaq.

In addition to providing support for research vessel operations, SMC provides laboratories for shore-based marine and fishery research and mooring research and technology. Historically, users of the facility have claimed the greatest assets of SMC are its unique location, access to marine life, seawater capabilities, and helpful staff.

SMC facilities include:

  • Administrative Offices (Orca Building)
  • D.W. Hood Laboratory
  • K.M. Rae Public Education Building
  • Mooring Laboratory
  • Staging & Storage Warehouse
  • Machine Shop
  • 4-Plex Apartment

Also available at SMC is walk-in freezer space, outdoor storage/staging areas, and wireless Internet access throughout the campus. To request facilities or services fill out and submit the SMC user request form.

Please see the SMC Shoreside Facilities and Services Manual [PDF] for a description of services available at SMC. The manual includes policies and procedures for scheduling and use of facilities and services and advises guests and visiting scientists on common questions.