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Ocean Genome Legacy

Deposit Samples


At Ocean Genome Legacy we rely primarily on the scientific community to grow our collection.

Scroll down to learn how you can contribute to OGL’s public biorepository.


We accept specimens, tissues and DNA samples from a wide range of marine and aquatic organisms.

OGL in a Box

We can provide you with a customized portable collection kit that contains all necessary components to document and preserve tissue samples, organisms and other biological materials used in your research.


Tissues and DNA samples are stored in a secure, cryopreservation facility with back-up power, 24/7/365 monitoring and full LIMS sample tracking.


Once your deposit is accepted, we will assign accession numbers to your samples in our collection database, which will serve as source material references for your publications.


1. Contact OGL

Briefly describe the type of materials that you would like to deposit, their source, and any permits used to collect or transport these materials. Please let us know if you have any questions about our policies. Send this information in an email to:

2. Receive a sample submission kit

We will send you a customized sample submission kit based on your needs and the type of material you are depositing.

3. Fill out the sample deposit forms

We will email you copies of our deposit form, image release form (if submitting voucher images) and sample information spreadsheet. The forms can also be viewed and downloaded here.

4. Send us your samples and completed forms

We will provide you with shipping information and send you delivery notification once OGL has received your samples.  Completed forms can be emailed or printed and included in the shipment. Please send your samples to:

Attn: Ocean Genome Legacy
Marine Science Center
430 Nahant Rd.
Nahant, MA 01908  USA

5. Receive confirmation of deposit accession

Upon completion of your deposit, you will receive the accession numbers for your samples. These accession numbers will serve as a source material reference for your publications.

Feel free to contact OGL with any questions you may have regarding deposits or other concerns. We look forward to working with you and archiving your samples!