The Marine Biological Association

Promoting marine scientific excellence and representing the marine biological community since 1884

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  • Sea Skin

    Research cruise off Australia and in the South Pacific Ocean to study the ocean’s living surface more

  • seachange

    The MBA coordinates Sea Change – a major EU project promoting Ocean more

  • Open Access

    Marine Biodiversity Records is the MBA's very first full Open Access more

  • 130 Years of the MBA

    Join the Marine Biological more

  • the honorary fellows of the MBA

    Honorary Fellows of the Marine Biological more

About the MBA

The charitable aims of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) are to promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea, including the environment on which it depends, and to disseminate to the public the knowledge gained. The MBA was founded in 1884 and in 1888 opened the Plymouth laboratory at Citadel Hill. The MBA provides a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.

The Patron of the Association is His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who is also an Honorary Fellow. The other Honorary Fellows are His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, Dr Sylvia Earle, Sir Tim Hunt and Professor James Lovelock.