Scientific facilities
Maurice Lamontagne Institute

The Maurice Lamontagne Institute covers an area of 25,000 square metres and has over 70 labs for research in biology, oceanography, hydroacoustics, physical sea condition modelling, and biochemical and ecosystemic modelling. It also has a genetic testing lab, a dissection room and rooms for hydrography, mapping and remote sensing work.

The tank room is a specialized wet lab measuring more than 2,000 square metres that can hold tanks of varying sizes as well as high-tech equipment. Salt water comes directly from the St.Lawrence. Experimental studies on the reproduction, physiology and behaviour of marine species and ecosystems are conducted in this lab. This system, one of the largest of its type in Canada, accommodates large-scale experimental studies, which is essential for conducting on-site testing, validation and controls of observed and monitored environmental conditions.

Tank Room

In addition, seven controlled-atmosphere units are available for research as part of smaller-scale experiments in various fields, including the acidification of marine waters.

The experimental basins and certain laboratories are fed freshwater or sea water (filtered or unfiltered) by gravity from reservoirs. Salt water comes directly from the St.Lawrence Estuary. This system, one of the most important in Canada, allows large-scale experimental studies in laboratories.

The Canadian Coast Guard operates a large vessel maintenance shop. Nearly 85 vessels and small craft undergo maintenance there annually. The Institute’s scientists have access to a fleet of Canadian Coast Guard vessels and helicopters. Two vessels are dedicated to scientific research in oceanography and fishery science.

Our scientists rely on four scuba diving teams made up of about twenty experienced divers with certified modern equipment for work in cold coastal areas (-2 to 20°C) at depths of up to 40 metres.

The research centre also houses the 250‑seat Estelle-Laberge auditorium and various meeting rooms.