About LUMCON Marine Operations


Using LUMCON's Oceanographic Research Vessels

LUMCON vessels are designed and outfitted to conduct and support oceanographic research missions and educational activities.

The vessels are available for legitimate research and education programs of Consortium members, state and federal agencies and other non profit groups and Oceanographic industries.

The R/V Pelican, along with the rest of the LUMCON research fleet, is administered through the Vessel Operations Office at the Marine Center in Cocodrie Louisiana.

A number of smaller LUMCON vessels are docked at the Marine Center and are available for charter alone, or in conjunction with the R/V Pelican. They include the 58' R/V Acadiana and a number of small shallow draft vessels.

Forms for requesting ship time and other cruise planning documents are included in this website (see Cruise Prep). Scheduling for the R/V Pelican is done though the Universities National Oceanographic Laboratories Systems (UNOLS). Standard UNOLS Ship Time Request forms and operating schedules for the R/V Pelican can be found at http://www.unols.org/

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)

LUMCON, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) was formed in 1979 to increase society’s awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural value of Louisiana’s coastal and marine environments by conducting research and education programs directly relevant to Louisiana’s needs in marine science and coastal resources and serving as a facility for all Louisiana schools with interest in marine research and education. To coordinate and stimulate Louisiana's activities in marine research and education, LUMCON provides coastal laboratory facilities to Louisiana universities, and conducts in-house research and educational programs in the marine sciences.

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W. J. DeFelice Marine Center

LUMCON's primary facilities are located at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, approximately 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. This location, situated within the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River delta plain between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers, provides ready access to the most productive estuaries in the United States, to a variety of coastal environments, and to the open Gulf of Mexico.

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