Scientific Diving Program
Program has been suspended.

Creation of a formal scientific diving program for the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI) promotes full protection of scientific divers and sets standards for diver training and certification. This collaborative effort to develop and operate a structured scientific diving program joins the practical experience and operational knowledge of the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) with the expertise and educational capabilities of the UMass Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST).

This diving program benefits graduate students as those with majors in marine science and technology will gain proficiency in techniques that will better prepare them for their careers in applied marine science.

Currently, the dive program is working towards an association with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences as an organizational member. This association will provide the MFI with avenues for communications, interaction and reciprocity with diving scientists at many other accredited institutions. The current diving policy complies with the scientific diving exemption from OSHA commercial diving standards.

See MA Division of Marine Fisheries Dive Program link:

For additional information, please contact:

Holly Bourbon

Diving Safety Officer/biologist
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

838 Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02744
Office: 508-910-6346
Fax: 508-910-6342

Divers prepare for a practice dive in the SMAST salt water tank  

A Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries diver suctioning for lobster larvae
Divers prepare to search for lobsters in Buzzards Bay