Seward Marine Center

The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Seward Marine Center is the primary coastal facility of the School of Fisheries & Ocean Services, providing research & education to the Seward community since 1970.


Operated by UAF’s College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, the R/V Sikuliaq calls Seward its home port. The 261-foot, global class, ice-capable R/V Sikuliaq is part of the United States academic research fleet and has been supporting global oceanographic research and science operations since 2014.

The Seward Marine Center also offers the R/V Nanuq, a state-of-the-art, 40-foot near-coastal research vessel designed to support oceanographic and marine biology research. The vessel can be reserved and utilized by academic and research organizations.


Every winter high school students from across Alaska compete in a regional ocean sciences competition - the Alaska Tsunami Bowl. Winning teams go on to compete with teams from all over the U.S. at the National Ocean 
Sciences bowl finals. The Alaska Tsunami bowl is sponsored by UAF's CFOS and the Seward Marine Center, with additional support from Alaska Sea Grant and many other generous sponsors.