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The School of Ocean Science and Engineering has three research centers and one education center. The Center for Fisheries Research and Development, the Marine Education Center and the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center are all located at The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The Hydrographic Science Research Center is located at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. Each center plays an integral role in the advancement of marine science and education locally, nationally and globally through the ongoing research they conduct.


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Center for Fisheries Research & Development

Our scientists develop and conduct research that informs resource management. We work with state, federal, and community partners to ensure that we understand scientific fishery needs, and focus our research efforts on how we can promote sustainable fisheries and habitats.


Hydrographic Science

Hydrographic Science Research Center

We provides research support to address the needs of governmental and commercial clients for information related to coastal and ocean navigation, the ocean floor and ocean processes.


Marine Education Center

Marine Education Center

Our programs provide the tools coastal residents can use to become more effective stewards and advocates for the Gulf of Mexico through innovative, field-based educational experiences.



Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center

Our research focuses on alleviating the bottlenecks that constrain the production of marine species. We work with industry, government and non-profit organizations to advance sustainable aquaculture on land and in coastal and marine environments.