2The auburn university shellfish laboratory is located on dauphin island, alabama on land leased from the dauphin island sea lab. the auburn university shellfish laboratory was established with industry input to conduct practical research that will foster high quality shellfish production and protect shellfish resources in the gulf of mexico. the facility includes 321 m2 of office and laboratory space and 386 m2 of hatchery space under the building. incorporated into the office and laboratory space are a microbiology laboratory, water quality laboratory, self-contained algae laboratory, large conference room, student offices, and visiting scientist offices. the hatchery features experimental and production tanks ranging in size from 115 l to 945 l with larger tanks slated to be included at a later date. seawater is supplied to the hatchery by two pipelines that extend into the gulf of mexico.