and Access Procedures
MRC USE AND ACCESS PROCEDURES
Access to the MRC is provided via the Onecard system.
MRC access is a special privilege for those using the MRC facilities:
it is not automatically provided to the general MBL community with the
The MRC is open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. during weekdays, and the
Tank Room is open from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Access after hours is
provided through the MBL Card to authorized users only. When entering
the MRC front door or tank room door after hours, do not let anyone
else in unless you are absolutely certain they work at and have
authorization (via their Onecard) to enter the MRC. Course students
will be let in by the course instructor for after hours classes. Do not
compromise the security of the building, or your own safety, by letting
This "no tailgating" policy is even more critical now that we always
have the stairwell and elevator unlocked. To enhance personal security
when you are working alone in your lab or office at night or on
weekends, make a point of making yourself known to others who are also
working in the building.
Those who require an interior key to an office or lab will be assigned
a key by the MRC Program Administrator. Do not lend this key to anyone
or have it replicated. Each key is numbered and assigned on an
individual basis and must be returned to the MRC upon leaving for the
summer or departing the MBL.
GUIDELINES FOR VISITING THE MRC
Many of you enjoy coming to the first floor tank room
to view the variety of live marine animals in our facility. We always
encourage this activity but ask you to please honor the following
guidelines when you visit:
1. Restrict your visit to the front 1/3 of the tank room, (do not
venture beyond the large oval squid tanks), and do not put your hands
in the water or adjust any water lines. In particular, please do not
enter the distant 2/3 of the tank room because these are active
research projects and those animals should not be
disturbed. We have placed some yellow cones that remind you not to
enter that area, so we ask that you please honor this limitation.
2. The MBL Communications Office runs daily tours in the summer and
these include the Marine Resources Center. This is a well organized and
worthwhile experience and we encourage you to call the Communications
Office (x7423) to participate in a tour, or to schedule one for your
3. If you are interested in seeing more details of the MRC seawater
system or knowing more about the aquatic research projects, please
contact Barbara Burbank, the MRC Program Administrator, at x7700 and
she will help put you in touch with one of our faculty or staff.
GUIDELINES FOR KITCHEN USE
The MRC is fortunate to have two kitchens for the use
by MRC personnel. These areas are for eating, drinking, and
socializing. A fundamental principle of lab safety is to avoid the use
of chemicals in any area where food is prepared or consumed. Please
refrain from using the kitchens for ANY research activities, even
activities that may seem harmless. Our kitchens are closely monitored
to ensure compliance with this policy.
USE OF AQUATIC FACILITIES
Both the first floor Tank Room and the second floor
Mariculture Room have special lighting procedures for night-time use.
If you will be utilizing these facilities during evening hours, please
see the Marine Resources Manager (Scott Lindell, x7097) for a briefing
on night-lighting procedures.
Each user of the facility must provide for their own needs. Do not
touch, alter, borrow or otherwise interfere with anything, including
organisms, tools, equipment, supplies, or anything related to other
areas within the MRC.
Check your tank(s) and animals daily to ensure their good health,
unless you have made specific arrangements with MRC staff to check them
for you. Do not alter tank arrangements or water flow to any tank
including your own if there is potential to affect other research areas
in series with yours.