The Kasitsna Bay Laboratory is a unique marine research and teaching laboratory located near Seldovia Alaska, across Kachemak Bay from Homer. The laboratory is owned by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and operated in partnership by NCCOS and the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).
Dedicated to excellence in marine science, community and formal education, Kasitsna Bay Laboratory is a place where people can learn about marine and coastal ecosystems, with a focus on subtidal and intertidal terrestrial communities including kelp beds, seagrass and tidal flat communities as well as the deeper waters of Kachemak Bay.
Kasitsna Bay Laboratory is home to UAF’s cold-water scientific diving program and is available to approved research divers from other institutions. All divers must be research certified under the American Academy of Underwater Sciences or hold an equivalent NOAA certification.
Laboratory and support facilities are available to approved researchers from academic and government institutions. Academic courses, including cold water diving classes, are conducted by UAF and partner institutions at various times throughout the year. Kasitsna Bay Laboratory also hosts K-12 and community educational activities with a variety of partners. Enquiries are welcomed from individuals and groups interested in conducting or participating in lab activities.
Kasitsna Bay Lab
Seldovia, AK 99663
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