Hurricane Bowl

There will now only be an A bracket for the Hurricane Bowl. The Central Gulf Coast Regional Hurricane Bowl covers a large region reaching schools from MS, AL, LA, FL, TN and AR. Funding and space only allows for a limited number of teams to register. Due to the growing number of schools competing at the Hurricane Bowl, we have decided to drop the B bracket to accommodate as many schools as possible. 

However, a school may have the opportunity to bring a “B” team to compete in the A bracket if there are open spots by the end of the registration date. In years past, we have allowed for teams to register by mid-December; due to the change, the registration deadline will be much earlier so that schools can be notified if their B team will be accepted and they can continue to prepare for the competition. 

As always, registration is first come first serve. If you have an A and B team, both must be registered before the deadline. Once the deadline passes, you will be notified if your B team has been accepted. 

The registration deadline is TBA.


Your contributions fund Mississippi Gulf Coast marine science field trip experiences and prizes for teams of high school students. Because of you, we engage students in programs like Shark Fest or a tour of the R/V Point Sur working with our USM GCRL team of scientific researchers and educators. 

Many Hurricane Bowl and NOSB student participants go on to pursue a college degree or future career in marine science.

The Hurricane Bowl is an annual ocean science academic competition. The Central Gulf Coast regional hosts up to 20 teams of the brightest high school students from Alabama, Arkansas, the Florida panhandle, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Hurricane Bowl winners advance to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition.

These two programs encourage students to increase their knowledge and understanding
of the world’s oceans, inspiring many to become the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, technicians, and ocean advocates. 
February 1, 2020
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center
101 Sweetbay Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi


2019 Results

Congratulations to Oxford High School on a first place finish in A bracket and advancing to NOSB finals in Washington D. C.

A Bracket
1st — Oxford High school (MS)
2nd — East Union Attendance Center (MS)
3rd — Navarre High School (FL)


Important Dates


Registration forms are available on the Team Resources Page as pdf files. You may download them and type information directly into the forms and save the completed forms. Completed team registration forms can be emailed as pdf files to Aaron Lamey. Alternatively, you may send paper forms by USPS mail or a delivery service to the attention of Aaron Lamey, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. 

The deadline for registration is November 1, 2019. 

Schools may register a second team (Team B). We will accept a total of 18 teams, 12 A Teams and 6 B Teams. Each group will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Team Resources & More Information

GCRL's Team Resources Page offers an extensive set of sample questions and resources for background reading and study.

Check out the 2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:
GCRL and Ocean Springs also hosted the finals of the 2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Teams from across the country competed in Ocean Springs from April 23 - 26, 2015 to determine the national championship.