The Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI) is on a 32 hectare site at Pointe aux Cenelles, near Sainte-Flavie.
The research complex consists of three connected buildings spanning some 25,000 square metres which include approximately 150 offices and 70 laboratories.
MLI's scientific wing houses biological, chemical and physical research laboratories and offices, as well as offices and workrooms for staff involved in hydrography, cartography and remote sensing activities.
The building also includes tank rooms, covering 2000 square metres: two third of this area is 7 metres high to accommodate large tanks and equipment for special experimental studies. The tanks hold fish, invertebrates and algae for studies on reproduction, physiology, behaviour and ecosystems. Seven controlled atmosphere units make it possible to conduct reduced scale experiments.
The administrative wing includes an exhibit hall, the Estelle-Laberge Auditorium (250 seats), a cafeteria, computer centre, meeting and conference rooms, administration offices, and merchandise reception area.
The technological support wing consists of storage areas and seven specialized workshops for maintaining and repairing ships and launches, as well as for manufacturing and maintaining specialized equipment.
The experimental basins and certain laboratories are fed freshwater or sea water (filtered or unfiltered) by gravity from underground 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.
Filtered Sea Water Supply Network. For more details, click on the diagram below.
The Maurice Lamontagne Institute has access to ship and helicopter services provided by the Canadian Coast Guard. Some of the vessels are especially equipped for scientific research. Those most often used are: the Calanus II, the Frederick G.Creed, the Martha L. Black, the Alfred Needler, the Hudson, and the Teleost.
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