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Marine Sciences Division

Marine Sciences Facility

Uniquely positioned for marine research

MSL is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State

We are located on Sequim Bay in Puget Sound, making an excellent location for marine based research.

Sequim Bay links a small but relatively undisturbed watershed to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Puget Sound about 2 hours from Seattle. Our laboratory is located along the shoreline at the mouth of Sequim Bay.

Located in Washington State, we are the U.S. Department of Energy's only marine research laboratory.

Our location permits direct studies of environmental impacts on marine species, a potential study area for energy deployment, use of seawater in our adjacent lab facilities, and testing of innovative marine sensors, not to mention the rapid access from our boats to diverse marine environments.

Our Campus

Marine Science Laboratory Complex

The Marine Sciences Laboratory Complex contains:

Research Boats & Divers

The Marine Sciences Laboratory houses a scientific dive teamField research capability is enhanced by our specially equipped research vessels and scientific dive team and boat captains.

  • Strait Science - A 28-foot research vessel, the Strait Science, equipped with the latest electronic equipment
  • Scientific Dive Boat - A specialized scientific diving boat
  • Scientific Dive Team - Full scientific scuba dive capacity with six certified divers.

Marine Sciences Laboratory

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Contact Us

Marine Sciences Laboratory
1529 W. Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, WA 98382
Phone: (360) 683-4151
Fax: (360) 681-3699