BMSC is committed to the humane and ethical care and use of animals and adheres to the principle that in order for animal use to be justifiable in scientific research and teaching, the research must have a reasonable expectation of providing a benefit to the health and welfare of humans or animals, or of advancing knowledge.
To ensure that this commitment is carried out, BMSC has established an animal care committee to facilitate research that complies with Canadian Council on Animal Care Guidelines and Policies and with the Russell-Burch tenet of, "reduction, replacement and refinement".
The BMSC Animal Care Committee (ACC) ensures that all animal users are informed of and comply with institutional animal care and use policies
Animal Use Protocol for Teaching and Research
Animal Use Protocol (AUP) forms must be completed prior to collecting or beginning research at BMSC.
Please choose the appropriate link below for your requirements and submit electronically:
DFO has changed their policies on collection permits. Researchers no longer fall under the BMSC collection permit and must now apply for their own permit. For more information contact the or the Coordinator.
All invertebrates and vertebrates collected must be added to our collection record database. Accurate collection records are essential for obtaining our yearly Fisheries and Oceans Canada collection permits.
If you plan to collect animals through BMSC for transport to your home institution please complete the External Collections Form and submit it to
Only animals collected within Barkley Sound (DFO Sub Area 23) may be held in the BMSC seawater system.
To add your collections and to search the database: