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Stage II of the Lincoln Marine Science Centre

Official Opening of the Lincoln Marine Science Centre - Stage II

Stage II of the Lincoln Marine Science Centre (LMSC) at Port Lincoln was officially opened on Wednesday, March 18th, reinforcing the strong collaborative relationship between marine science researchers and the South Australian seafood industry.Kevin Foley opening LMSC

The $6.59 million expansion doubles the size of the original research centre and is crucial to Marine Innovation South Australia’s (MISA) goal to establish South Australia as an internationally recognised centre for marine science, education and ecologically sustainable aquatic industries development.

MISA Steering Committee Chair, Professor Rob Lewis, says the expansion is the first of four planned for the LMSC over the next 30 years. The initial expansion will house an additional 35 permanent and visiting scientists and educational staff, and cater for increased student numbers.

“This is an example of science, education and innovation underpinning our communities, and a major step forward in helping South Australia’s seafood industry double its value to $2 billion by 2015.Opening of LMSC launch

“MISA will support this future through knowledge and innovation, integrating and expanding South Australia’s marine research capabilities, education and technology transfer pathways,” he said.

The LMSC will create a national focus for excellence in marine science research and will attract significant Seafood CRC research for Port Lincoln involving yellowtail kingfish, hatchery-reared tuna, marine scale fisheries, abalone, oysters and prawns.

MISA is an initiative of the South Australian Government, representing a partnership between the state’s seafood  industries, Flinders University, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), University of Adelaide, SA Museum and regional communities.Sashimi at the officially opening of the LMSC


Stage II of the Lincoln Marine Science Centre was designed by architects, Grieve Gillett Pty. Ltd, and built by Candetti Constructions Pty. Ltd. The project cost was $6.59 million, with $4.49 million contributed by the State Government and $2.1 million from Flinders University.

Further information:
Associate Professor Sabine Dittmann
Director, Lincoln Marine Science Centre
Phone: (08) 8201 2007