The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) was formed in 1979 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.

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 program’s office is now located at LUMCON.