About the Marine Resources facility

The MBL hosts a highly advanced facility for maintaining, culturing, and providing aquatic organisms essential to advanced biological, biomedical, and ecological research.

Service plays an important and complementary role in this 32,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The Marine Resources Department (MRD) and its life support systems and personnel have increased the ability of MBL scientists to conduct research and have inspired new concepts in scientific experiments.

The MBL provides a variety of services to the broader community through its Marine Resources Department.


The Marine Resources facility and the MRD staff enables MBL resident and visiting researchers to:

  • conduct research on aquatic organisms such as sensory and behavioral neurobiology, environmental toxicology, reproductive biology, and embryology;
  • supply field-collected aquatic organisms for use in research and education as well as expand and develop maintenance and mariculture techniques to establish pathogen-free biologically, genetically, and environmentally defined aquatic laboratory species for research and commercial aquaculture;
  • provide veterinary medical care to aquatic organisms;
  • conduct basic research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases affecting aquatic animals;
  • develop educational programs to expand the use of aquatic laboratory organisms within the scientific research, educational, and commercial aquaculture communities; and develop database reference and research resource materials for investigators and for the general public.