BIFS: Fees and Costs for Researchers




Costs associated with use of BIFS fall into two groups, the use of the station and transportation to and from Blakely Island. Fees may be reduced in some instances (see below).

A single fee is charged for use of the station and includes housing, meals in the dining hall, lab use, boat use, and van use. (Researchers should be advised that academic courses have priority for lab space, van use, and boat use. However, use conflicts are not generally insurmountable.) The price falls with length of stay, as follows:

Length of Stay                      Cost

  • 1-2 days                                    $110 per 24 hour day
  • 3-4                                             $100 per day
  • 5-6 days                                    $90 per day
  • 1-2 weeks                                 $540 per week
  • 3-4 weeks                                 $420 per week
  • 5-10 weeks                               $320 per week
  • Longer periods                         Please inquire

Note that fees do not include linens.  Linens are provided at $15 per stay.  Users have access to our free laundry to wash their own linens. 

Transportation to and from Blakely Island is the responsibility of the researcher. Currently, we make arrangements with Paraclete Charters for transportation from the mainland at Anacortes, Washington to Blakely Island Field Station. Roundtrip costs are approximately $75 per person if arranged through our facilities manager, LeRoy Hubbert (, 360-375-6721). He can also assist with making alternative arrangements (e.g., flying from Seattle airports to Blakely Island) if needed.

Fees may be reduced on application to the director. At a minimum, the following criteria must be met:

1. The PI must lack any grant funding that would support research at Blakely Island Field Station, including salary support that could be used to pay for costs at BIFS..

2. The proposed research should demonstrate a high probability of leading to publication acknowledging the use of BIFS facilities.




Application for Housing & Lab Space (PI's & Grad. Students)

Application for Housing & Lab Space (Undergrad. Researcher)


Fees and Costs



Facilities & Equipment

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