Coastal Fisheries Camp in Mobile, AL
May 26 – May 31, 2024
Rising 9th-12th Graders

The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, The Fisheries Learning Center and Dauphin Island Discovery Hall Programs have partnered and are offering Coastal Fisheries Camp. This camp will be held on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus at Dauphin Island, Alabama. Dauphin Island is a barrier island a short distance off the Alabama gulf coast, south of Mobile, AL.

There will be no transportation from Auburn University. Camp begins and ends at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

The Coastal Fisheries Camp is a fun and intense 5-day academic camp that introduces high school students to the marine environment. The camp is designed to give students a better understanding and appreciation of the various fields in marine science.

Students will stay in the dorms on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus and participate in a variety of activities academic activities. Students will have the opportunity to observe and work with plankton nets, seine nets, water sampling bottles, refractometers and water quality test kits and other equipment. They will also collect and identify marine species from various habitats, participate in lab and field discussions, all under the guidance of award winning marine and aquatic educators from Auburn University and Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Topics covered will include Barrier Island Formation and Ecology, Beach and Dune Ecology, Human Interactions with the Marine Environment, Estuarine Ecology, Marine Invertebrates, Plankton Communities, Principles of Oceanography, Salt Marsh Ecology, Marine Botany and Marine Vertebrates.

A great deal of time will be spent in the field, exploring and examining different marine communities. Field activities include the exploration of a salt marsh community, beach profiling, and trawling aboard the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's 65-foot research vessel, the R/V Alabama Discovery.

The camp is open to rising 9th-12th grade students.


Campers will reside in the Dauphin Island Sea Lab dorms, located on the eastern end of Daulphin Island, Alabama. Dorms are double occupancy with a community bathroom on each hall. Boys and girls will be on different halls.


The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has a full-service cafeteria that will provide three hot meals per day. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.


The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is located on the eastern end of Dauphin Island, a 17-mile long barrier island approximately three miles from the mainland and thirty-five miles south of Mobile, Alabama. It is surrounded by Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. The 35-acre campus is bordered by Mobile Bay to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

Stanley Arington
Stanley Arington

As the Education Director for the Fisheries Learning Center at E.W. Shell Fisheries Research Station and the AU School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Stan works with schools, civic and community groups and organizations to promote aquatic conservation and sustainability through education, research, and outreach. He is an award winning teacher with 21 years of classroom experience. Now retired from Auburn City Schools, Stan was an Aquatic Science and Marine Biology instructor at Auburn High School and Director of the "Aquarium at Auburn High" outreach program which was named the "Best Environmental Education Program" in 2016 by the Alabama Environmental Educators Association.

He received his B.S. in Natural Sciences from the University of Alabama and Masters in Marine Science Education from Auburn University. Stan was recognized by proclamation in 2016 by the Alabama State Senate for his efforts to promote aquaculture science education in his community and state.

David Cline
David Cline, ACES

David is an aquaculture specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Science. He specializes in aquaculture education, freshwater fish production, small-scale marketing and recreational and ornamental pond management. He has been actively involved in both the commercial and educational sectors of aquaculture for over 25 years and has a broad perspective of the issues and opportunities facing the aquaculture industry.

David received an A.B. from Colgate University in New York, a Master of Aquaculture and a Ph.D. from Auburn University. A large portion of David’s time is spent working with aquaculture education, training educators how to use aquaculture as a teaching platform. He serves on the National Aquaculture Extension Steering Committee and is nationally recognized for his contributions to aquaculture education and the foundation of the National Aquaculture Educators Network.

David has been a member of the World Aquaculture Society and the USAS since 1993. He currently serves as the president elect of the United States Aquaculture Society and has served as chair of the ad hoc WAS aquaculture education committee. He is very interested in using his knowledge and experience to help develop aquaculture curriculum and connect producers, researchers and the public in the development of a more aquaculture literate society.

Greg Graeber
Greg Graeber

Greg Graeber is an Auburn alumnus from the class of 2000, and has a love of sharks, music, and sports. Since leaving the Plains, Greg has booked concerts, made food for zoo animals, and worked at the Sea Lab for nearly 20 years. He holds a Master’s in Secondary Science Education.

JoAnn Moody
JoAnn Moody

JoAnn Moody is a marine educator with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Discovery Hall Programs. Her passion for exploring and teaching about the ocean began when she was a high school student at DISL. Her favorite marine animals are manatees and oysters! She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching.


Registration begins December 1, 2023 at 9AM.

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Camp Fees are $950 and include the following items:
  • On campus housing
  • All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
  • Program instruction, materials and equipment
  • Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
  • Recreational activities


All cancellation requests must be submitted via email. Please send your request to

Cancellation Procedure:

  1. Cancellation request received at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the program: Full refund, less $100.
  2. Cancellation request received less than 6 weeks but at least 3 weeks prior to the program start date: Refund of 50%
  3. Cancellation request received less than 3 weeks prior to the program start date or “no show”: No refund.

Note: Refunds will be issued to the individual/organization who made the original payment.

What to Bring to Camp:

Campers should refrain from bringing no more than one (1) suitcase and one (1) personal sized bag to camp.

Dorm Room:
  • XL twin sheets/thick blanket or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Phone Charger
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Bath Towel
  • Hairbrush
Clothing & Shoes:

Please note: Bring clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting extremely dirty/wet. Please also provide a large plastic trash bag for repacking purposes.

  • T-shirts: Loose fitting, tank tops must have straps three fingers wide and cover all undergarments
  • Shorts: At least 3.5” inseam
  • One (1) pair of jeans/long pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Swimsuit: For girls, a modest one piece swimsuit. For boys, no speedos or jammers.
  • Flip-flops or Water Shoes: For the community showers
  • Sweatshirt or Jacket
  • Dress up Outfit: Dressy casual (modest) outfit (e.g.: modest sundress, polo & khakis, pants & blouse)
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Laundry Bag
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Towel
  • Bug spray/Sunscreen
  • $50 key/meal card deposit: Make check payable to Auburn University
  • Seasickness medication (please include in medical form upon registering)
  • Spending Money

Last Updated: November 17, 2023