The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) was formed
in 1979 to coordinate and stimulate Louisiana's activities in marine research
and education. (Read about LUMCON's history.) LUMCON provides coastal laboratory facilities to Louisiana
universities, and conducts in-house research and educational programs in
the marine sciences.
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. To provide
additional access to special environments, a field station is
maintained at Port Fourchon. (NOTE: This field station is for education and research only and not opened to the public.)
LUMCON oversees the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), one of 28 National
Estuary Programs in the United States. The BTNEP office is located in Thibodaux, Louisiana,
on the campus of Nicholls State University. The Coastal Restoration and Enhancement through Science and Technology (CREST) program is an alliance of eleven academic institutions within
southern Louisiana and Mississippi. LUMCON serves as the administrative and financial agent for
CREST. The programís office is now located at LUMCON.
LUMCON is a member of the Southern
Association of Marine Laboratories (SAML), the
National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML), the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS),
the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), and the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System, Regional Association (GCOOS-RA).
LUMCON recently completed a Strategic Plan for FY 2011-2012 through FY 2015-2016.