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Marine Scotland Science Marine Laboratory

18 September 2021 (online)

19 September 2021 (online)


The Marine Laboratory has had a presence in the south-east of Aberdeen since 1898.

Although it has had a strong focus on fisheries (demersal, pelagic) and shellfisheries, there has always been an environmental component to the science, with aquaculture and marine renewable energy becoming significant areas of research in more recent years.

Shore-based activities at the Marine Laboratory are conducted in well-equipped laboratories, engineering workshops, net store and aquaria. These cover areas including analytical chemistry (contaminants, nutrients, ocean acidification, micro-plastics), biology, ecotoxicology, acoustics, virology, bacteriology,
pathology, physics, ecology, plankton, otolith reading, fish scale reading and a fish house.

Digital Resources

learn about Marine Scotland Science

A brief history of the Marine Scotland Laboratories at Torry, Aberdeenshire.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Learn about our previous directors here

Key Information

  • Marine Scotland Science Marine Laboratory
  • Aberdeen
  • AB