cormorant vessell
taxi service on a raft
divers from Cormorant

Marine Operations Facility

The seaside location of UCSB greatly facilitates local research in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Marine Science Institute operates the RV Cormorant, a 50’ research vessel ideal for diving and coastal oceanographic research. The UCSB Marine Laboratory overseen by the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology provides a fleet of smaller vessels (, a facility for diving support services (  and a high capacity sea water system ( for use by students, faculty, and staff based at UCSB.