About our facilities

Students in the Joint Graduate Centre can access the facilities of the University of Auckland (including Leigh Marine Laboratory) and the Cawthron Institute.

Cawthron Institute has outstanding facilities to support a diverse range of world-leading research that is focused on contributing to the economic growth of New Zealand whilst protecting the country’s unique natural environment.

Cawthron’s Aquaculture Park (CAP), includes an advanced Finfish Research Centre (FRC) designed to deliver commercially relevant science to support the development of the finfish aquaculture industry.

The 20 hectare Park also hosts commercial industry operations, teaching laboratories for tertiary training, as well as the National Algae Research Centre – a leading centre for seaweed and microalgal research.

The Institute’s extensive laboratory facilities provide internationally recognised research and accredited testing for food, natural products and environmental parameters, as well as dedicated laboratories for a suite of molecular biology applications, such as the development and use of environmental DNA sensing tools.

Cawthron’s extensive research facilities are run by a team of over 280 people, drawn from 35 countries, that enjoy creating a culture where people can be themselves, are valued for their contribution, and feel like they belong.

Cawthron Aquaculture Park
Cawthron Aquaculture Park
National Algae Research Centre
National Algae Research Centre
Electric fishing used with environmental DNA sensing
Electric fishing used with environmental DNA sensing
Cawthron Institute LCMS machine
Cawthron Institute LCMS machine