The facilities within the research aquarium are capable of housing anything from small invertebrates, such as crabs and anemones, to larger fish including sharks and rays, and are regularly home to native cuttlefish often reared on-site from eggs.
Working alongside other departments, the Marine Biological Association’s Research Aquarium supports the work of both external users and MBA researchers across multiple disciplines to enhance our understanding of ocean biology, coastal ecology and microbiology. The Research Aquarium covers an impressive area of 492m2 with mesocosm facilities housing tanks from five to 1000 litres.
Seawater is pumped directly from Plymouth Sound via a permanent pipeline to supply the two recirculating systems. The Aquarium has two reservoirs (332,000 litres and 145,000 litres) which, between them, provide seawater to all tanks within the research aquarium facility.
Smart Experimental Aquarium Facility
Control Temperature Rooms
History of our Aquarium
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