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.

We can provide you with a customized ‘OGL in a Box’ portable collection kit.

Each kit 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 an accession number to your samples in our collection database.

This number will serve as a source material reference 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 at the bottom of the page or 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!


We at Ocean Genome Legacy are dedicated to providing the best genomic data available to our users. We strive to follow current Best Practices in acquiring and maintaining our collection of biological specimens. We adhere strictly to all relevant permitting for collection by region and species. We maintain accurate, detailed records of the specimens we receive, preserve them using state-of-the-art techniques, and perform rigorous quality control on all extractions.

In order to help assure the quality, accuracy and compliance of our collection, we ask that depositors read and adhere to our policies and practices.

Select this link to view the General Collection Policy.

Select this link to view our Material Transfer Agreement

Select this link to view our Publications Policy

Please be sure to include copies of all relevant permits with your deposit.

OGL Sample Collecting Protocol download now

Sample Information Spreadsheet download now

Deposit Form download now

Reference Citations
For all publications concerning materials (or data derived from materials) distributed by Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL), whether tissue, genomic DNA, tissue products or associated data, an appropriate citation must be made of the material and/or data source. The proper format for such reference citation is:

“OGL Accession ID number [xxxxxx]. Ocean Genome Legacy Database, The Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs, Northeastern University. Published on the web at:”

Communication of Citations
OGL requests that all researchers citing OGL and/or OGL materials and/or OGL data in their publications inform OGL of such publications and citations by sending an e-mail with the relevant information through our Information Request form. This will help OGL measure the effective utilization of our biorepository, and will allow us to direct other researchers to your work.

Publication and Authorship
Please also see our Publications Policy.