The SPMC fleet includes three research vessels. The flagship vessel, the RV Zoea, has a 32’ aluminum hull with a beam of 9.5’. The superstructure includes a cabin of 11’ in length, with provision for both passenger seating and small volume wet laboratory work. The vessel is powered by a 310 HP turbo diesel with dual prop stern drive. The stern is outfitted with a 3’ extended fantail platform, A-frame and hydraulic winch capable of lifting 1500 lb. The RV FAUNA is a 24’ aluminum hull with 200 hp outboard motor equipped with a pilot house and hand crank winch.
The RV FLORA (19’) is powered by a 125 hp outboard and is equipped with a diving platform. All vessels provide access to shallow-water study sites, support SCUBA activities and, with cruising speeds of 25 knots, permit access to remote sites for collection and study. Other outboard powered boats include one 17' Whaler and several smaller row boats. Motor power ranges from 0 to 25 hp. A variety of field sampling gear (trawls, grabs, nets, dredges) is available, as is a CTD system for water quality measurements, underwater video system, and a small ROV.