A world class research and technology centre just 15 minutes drive from Nelson

Cawthron Aquaculture Park

Cawthron Aquaculture Park is a world-class research and technology centre for the New Zealand aquaculture sector and its stakeholders. It's a shared facility, purpose-built for aquaculture research, education and commercial development.

How long has the park been open?

The new premises were formally opened in February 2011, however the park itself has been operating since the early 1990s. 

Where is the park?

The park is a 15 minute drive from Nelson in an area locally known as 'The Glen', behind Tasman Bay's famous Boulder Bank. It's the ideal environment for aquaculture research, development and commercialisation.

What are the benefits of the location?

  • The land is flat and lies below spring high tide level.
  • The park is protected by Nelson's world renowned boulder bank.
  • The quality of the adjacent seawater is excellent.
  • The climate is mild and the site averages over 2000 sunshine hours per year, making it ideal for outdoor algae production.

What we offer

The Cawthron Aquaculture Park is managed and maintained by a dedicated facilities manager and a team with world-class research expertise. The park offers globally unique opportunities for innovation in aquaculture and aquatic technologies.

Fully-serviced land units are available to lease, which are well suited to aquaculture activities. The site holds all the necessary permits for aquaculture activities, the pond and buildings, and the seawater take and discharge.

On-site facilities are equipped with:

  • purpose designed wet-laboratories
  • intensive algae culture facilities
  • dry-laboratories
  • a nursery building serviced by managed algae ponds, offices and amenities.

Covering 20 hectares, the park already hosts aquaculture industry firms, teaching labs operated by the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, and Cawthron's own aquaculture and biotechnology research group.

Contact the Cawthron Aquaculture Park 

Phone +64 3 545 0127 or email Dr Serean Adams.


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