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Feb 7, 2011

RI Marine Life Science Center


The complex of Marine Life Research Facilities with flow-through seawater at URI are the Ann Gall Durbin Marine Research Aquarium; the “Ark” Annex to the Aquarium; the Luther Blount Aquaculture Laboratory; the Eel Grass Research Facility; the Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory; and the Seawater Pump House that provides flowing seawater to the entire complex.

The Research Aquarium, which opened in 1971, is a two-story rectangular building that contains approximately 3,000 net SF of “wet” research space on the first level and approximately 4,000 net SF of office and laboratory space on the second level.

The Ark, opened in 1999, is a modern, shingle-clad structure adjacent to the Aquarium that provides an additional 1,000 net SF of protected space for seawater tanks.

The Luther Blount Aquaculture Laboratory will open in spring 2005. It contains over 3,000 net SF of space divided into seven discreet laboratories. One lab is specifically designed for pathology, another for transgenics, and there is a dedicated room for culturing live feed. The other four labs are intended to house tanks of various sizes and to support a wide range of experiments concerning finfish and shellfish aquaculture. Filtered ambient, heated, and chilled seawater are supplied to all the labs. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art Diamond filters and Siemens controls. Most projects concerning aquaculture will move to this facility by summer 2005.


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