reef vertical tank with fish close up
reef tank view from the entrance
reef tank view from the exit


The Research Experience & Education Facility, known as The REEF, is MSI's interactive aquarium facility and part of its Oceans-to-Classrooms (O2C) education and outreach program, The REEF is equipped with state-of-the-art touch tanks and aquaria, from 2 to 2,000 gallons. The REEF also utilizes a high-tech life support system for the Research Tank, which highlights current, on-going research at UCSB and the Marine Science Institute. The Mobile REEF brings the REEF K-12 program into the classroom and provides a meaningful learning experience that integrates coastal marine science with regional and global perspectives for students in Santa Barbara and Ventura County Schools