In some ways, collecting at the MBL hasn’t changed very much in the past 125+ years. Though the supply department has gotten bigger and employs many more people, the majority of the practices and tools remain the same.
Dredges are still a crucial part of collecting, as are smaller collecting missions on the shore. Scuba diving is still a valuable tool for targeting particular organisms. The Gemma still heads out on collecting trips every day in the summer, and the supply department, now known as the MRC, continues to house and maintain over two hundred different marine species, both animals and plants.