For any enquiries relating to reproductions and permissions to material owned by The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (“Marine Biological Association”, “MBA”) please contact

Use of MBA material is free for personal use and study and for other uses falling under applicable copyright exceptions. For use of reproductions from our collections in publications, for other commercial uses and/or online, written permission must be sought. Applications must include a statement of the purpose for the reproductions, including details of publisher and author of any intended book, article, web publication or merchandise.

The basic principles of reproduction and permissions requests to all MBA copyrighted material are outlined here:

Permission to publish, exhibit or broadcast

  • Permissions to publish, exhibit or broadcast must be requested and granted in writing (email is acceptable). 
  • Charges will vary and be dependent on uses. The Marine Biological Association will not usually charge for permission to publish images for use in not-for-profit publications.
  • The MBA reserves the right to refuse permission.
  • Where applicable reproduction costs may be charged as well as permission fees. 
  • Additional use or re-use requires prior written agreement from the MBA.
  • The MBA requires a free copy of any publication that arises from the use of material.
  • Any use of the MBA’s material must be acknowledged with ‘Reproduced by permission of The Marine Biological Association, UK.’

Our Journals

Permissions for the Journal of the Marine Biological Association are handled by the publisher. Please contact Cambridge University Press. For all requests to re-use content in copyright from these journals, please go to the individual paper abstract in the journal online (free access) and follow the link to ‘Request Permissions’. This should then take you through to an automatic and immediate process to obtain permission.

Cambridge University Press also handles permissions to volumes 1-8 (2008-15) of the Marine Biodiversity Records.  From volume 9 (2016) onwards this journal has been published open access with all contributions being published under Creative Commons licences. Please relate to the individual articles’ licences and obverse the relevant conditions of  the licence including attribution to the author.

Our Magazine

Please contact the editor for any permission requests relating to material published in The Marine Biologist

Library, Archive and Image Collections

The National Marine Biological Association (“NMBL”) houses a rich collection of historical reports, archive material and rare books. Many of its images are unique or rare.

The library holds a digital collection of reproduced images from its collection and library staff assists in sourcing and reproducing material on request. If material is being reproduced on request the Library might apply a small charge. Please note that the NMBL does not necessarily hold the copyright on the items held in its collections and whilst staff are happy to assist with providing items, clearance of any permissions required to re-use content is responsibility of the requestor.

Taking photographs within the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Visitors to the Marine Biological Association are allowed to take photos for their own private use and are permitted without flash in the building in all areas except those marked “no photography”. These areas include the Seawater Hall and the Research Vessel. Where flash is required this is to discussed with the representative. Any requests wishing to reproduce, distribute, publish or otherwise use photographs taken within the MBA for commercial purposes should be directed to

Special conditions apply for photography and filming of objects in the permanent collection of the NMBL. Please consult with the librarian.

The Marine Biological Association must always be properly acknowledged wherever the photographs are used with the following line: Photo © [photographer]. ‘Taken courtesy of the Marine Biological Association, UK’.


Images required for news media requests and education projects will be supplied free of charge and credited with ‘Reproduced courtesy of the Marine Biological Association, UK’.

Who to contact

Please contact