Coastal Marine Field Station

The Coastal Marine Field Station was established by the University of Waikato in Tauranga in 2011 with support from Priority One, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Port of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and SmartGrowth.  The facility positions the region as a major centre for marine-based research for pharmaceutical and agrichemical innovation due to the high level of diversity found in local waters. 

New Zealand has been successfully involved in marine bio-discovery for years, including the development of cancer drugs.  The research programmes also link in with leaders in the agrichemical field to create commercial opportunities.  Since it was established, the field station has trebled the size of its operations as a result of an increased demand for its teaching and research.

The Coastal Marine Field Station is engaged in a doctoral research partnership with University of Bremen in Germany and has established the virtual Tauranga-Yantai Marine Biotechnology Research Centre and the Sino-NZ coastal innovation partnership involving research and commercial opportunities in marine biotechnology and aquaculture with the Yantai Coastal Zone Research Institute in Yantai, China.  

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Coastal Marine Field Station

Coastal Marine Field Station project aims

University of Waikato, Port of Tauranga, BOP Regional Council & Priority One

Leading marine field station in New Zealand

70 post graduate students

Trebled in size since 2012