The Bimini Biological Field Station is a small, wood framed house located on the south shore of South Bimini. Dr. Gruber set up the BBFS based on his experience on various research vessels, therefore the station is run and designed similar to a ship. Like a research vessel, the BBFS is self-contained, self-sufficient, and conservation oriented.
The station sleeps 21 people, divided into 5 "state rooms". Each room contains 2 bunk beds, closet space, and a sink. The Sharklab is centrally air conditioned and heated, when necessary.
The Lab serves as a lecture area during courses, and more often as a work area for research and data analysis. The lab also serves as a storage area for most of our research equipment, our bait freezer, and two of our food freezers.
There are two bathrooms, each with a shower, sink, toilet, and shelf space for towels and supplies. The front bathroom houses the Sharklab's washing machine.
The Dining Area
The kitchen is fully equipped with food, dishes, appliances and storage. The kitchen has a refrigerator/freezer unit, microwave, toaster oven, coffee & tea pots, and a propane stove.
The dining area has a double dining table for meals, and meetings. There is also a food storage freezer in the dining area, a stereo, and a base station for our VHF radios.
The Tool Room is well stocked with supplies and tools, for fixing everything from the boats to the toilets.
The hallways at the Sharklab are adorned with hundreds of photos that have been taken by BBFS staff and volunteers over the years. There is also a bookshelf, DVD shelf, and more storage for food and scientific equipment.
Hallway and pictures
Surrounding the Station, there are three sheds that contain scientific gear, supplies, and spare equipment.
The Desal Shed houses our lab bicycle. The Desal Shed also contains five gas powered electric generators, in case of a power outage.
Around the yard are our clotheslines, net-repair posts, and our garden.
The dock is equipped with a salt water hose, as well as a bait table for preparing fish for shark dives, long lining and shark feeding.
Our small fleet consists of one 22' Twin Vee Catamaran, two 20' Sundance center console boats, as well as two 17' and four 16' Sundance Skiffs. All boats are powered by Mercury outboard motors.
Our vehicles are a 1987 Dodge Ram pick-up, a 1983 Chevrolet Suburban and a 36 volt electric Club Car golf cart. These vehicle are used for work related activities such as fuel and water purchases and transporting people and supplies to and from the airport.