AEL students and researchers have access to a fleet of boats, including:

  • R/V Carmen, AEL's dedicated Great Lakes research vessel: 10.4-m custom-built aluminum boat equipped with two 220hp I/O engines, trawling winches, two davits, state-of-the-art electronics, and sleeping quarters
  • Two 6-m all-welded, aluminum, electrofishing boats equipped with 50 and 60 HP outboards and Midwest electrofishing units
  • Two 6-m all-welded aluminum general purpose boats equipped with 75 HP outboards
  • One 8.4-m all-welded aluminum general purpose/trawler equipped with a 340 HP inboard jet-drive engine

Neal Banaszak portrait


The AEL is also happy to have a dedicated boat captain, Neal Banaszak ( Please contact Neal if you have any vessel-related questions.