Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Nick King

Senior Scientist – Shellfish Aquaculture


  • MSc (Zoology). University of Auckland, 1988
  • BSc. University of Canterbury, 1985

Role at Cawthron

Nick is a Senior Scientist specialising in shellfish biology and aquaculture production. His experience in both research and commercial environments, across a wide range of disciplines, draws him into a diverse variety of projects. His role ranges from technical support through to research programme design, research strategy, and science communication.

In particular, Nick has played a key role in the design and construction of hatchery systems for both the Cawthron research hatchery and the SpatNZ industry hatchery at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park. He was leader of Cawthron's long-running MBIE funded Cultured Shellfish Programme, and played a key role in the establishment and implementation of Cawthron's mussel and oyster breeding programmes.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Systems and husbandry for hatchery production of shellfish and algae
  • Shellfish biology
  • Shellfish and production-forestry genetic improvement
  • Development of novel research tools
  • Automation system design and implementation
  • Database design and data management/analysis
  • Research programme design and management
  • Research strategy and science communication

Conference papers and presentations

King N, Ragg NLC, Morrish J, Watts E 2010.  Finding the limits for continuous- flow high-density bivalve larviculture systems. Proceedings World Aquaculture Society, San Deigo.

King N, Janke AR, Kaspar HF, Foster S 2005.  An intensive high-density larval rearing system for the large-scale simultaneous production of families of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. Proceedings Larvi05 – Fish and Larviculture Symposium: 236-237, European Aqua Soc, Special Pub 36, Oostende, Belgium.

Janke A, Kaspar H, King N, Roberts R, Seager V, Fraser B, Morrish J, Elliot A, Watts E, Webb S 2002. Selective breeding programmes for shellfish aquaculture in New Zealand. NZ Marine Sciences Society Conference 2002. Abstract.

View Nick's ResearchGate profile here

Listen to Nick speaking on FreshFM here

Publication links

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