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Lincoln Marine Science Centre Major Expansion Officially Opened

The Lincoln Marine Science Centre (LMSC) is set to enter a new phase of leading edge research with the opening of Stage II of the Port Lincoln-based Centre on 18th March, 2009.

The official commissioning of the $6.59 million building marks a major milestone in Marine Innovation SA’s efforts to boost South Australia’s capability in marine research and educational opportunities, and to help grow the State’s seafood industry.

The expansion nearly doubles the size of the centre, enabling research into new areas such as product quality and value adding and aquatic animal health.

The redevelopment of the centre, which is one of Australia’s premier marine research and teaching organisations, aims to make it a global hub for southern temperate marine research and education, attracting scientists from around the world.

More than 250 people from the seafood industry, government agencies and the local community attended the event which included tours of the state-of-the-art facilities and presentations by MISA researchers on the potential impact of climate change on our seas, the conservation of Australian sea lions, efforts to keep marine pests out of our waters and how science helps keep farmed tuna healthy.

Deputy Premier, Kevin Foley, who opened the new laboratories, said that research taking place at the centre was vital to keep the fishing industry competitive.

“We need to keep pushing the envelope, and keep investing in research,” Mr Foley told the Port Lincoln Times.

The expansion has been funded through MISA by the South Australian Government ($4.49m) and Flinders University ($2.1m) provided by the Federal Government’s Capital Development Pool scheme.

Kevin Foley opening LMSC









Kevin Foley being interviewed at LMSC launch








Deputy Premier Kevin Foley officially opens Stage II of the Lincoln Marine Science Centre.  “There’s no question that if we’re going to compete, we have to have the best, the smartest and the most innovative technology available.”

The all day event was organised by staff from Flinders University, SARDI Aquatic Sciences and the Lincoln Marine Science Centre for the Marine Innovation SA initiative.

Paul Caica and Kevin Foley at LMSC launch








Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Paul Caica (left) and the Deputy Premier Kevin Foley, discussing tuna health research with MISA’s Dr Craig Hayward during a tour of the new LMSC laboratories.

Sashimi preparation at LMSC launch








Port Lincoln Mayor, Peter Davis, enjoying a lesson in the finer points of sashimi preparation with Japanese tuna buyer and grader, Sasayama San from Global Seafoods, Japan, who volunteered his time for the event. The delicious tuna was donated by Sekol, and wines by Boston Wines.

Sir Eric Neal, ROb Thomas, Rob Lewis and Mehdi Doroudi at LMSC launch








From left, Flinders University Chancellor, Sir Eric Neal, SARDI Sustainable Systems chief, Professor Rob Thomas, SARDI Executive Director Professor Rob Lewis and SARDI Aquatic Sciences chief, Professor Mehdi Doroudi at the LMSC opening.

Sabbine Dittmann, Rob Lewis and Craig Hayward at LMSC launch








LMSC director, Dr Sabine Dittmann, SARDI Executive Director, Professor Rob Lewis and MISA’s Dr Craig Hayward discuss tuna health research.

Mayor Peter Davis and Sir Eric Neal at LMSC launch









Port Lincoln Mayor Peter Davis and Flinders University Chancellor Sir Eric Neal unveil a sculpture commissioned for the newly opened building – the State’s marine emblem, a leafy sea dragon.