National Marine Science Centre, Australia
The National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) is an Australian university level teaching and research institute, a collaboration between the University of New England and Southern Cross University, sited at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.
The Centre is about 250m from Charlesworth Bay and draws sea water directly from the Pacific Ocean for use in its laboratories.
Undergraduate and graduate courses are offered by the participating universities.
Research is undertaken by resident scientific staff. Principal areas are:-
- Biodiversity of marine and estuarine habitats
- Patterns and biological processes in marine communities
- Human induced impacts on marine systems
- Fisheries and marine park management
- Marine resource economics and management
- Values in the marine economy
- Capacity development of marine scientists and managers
The Centre was opened on 15 November 2001 by John Anderson MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, and took its first students in 2002. The centre was funded from the Government of Australia's Centenary of Federation Fund.
The Centre is sited within the grounds of the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, several kilometers north of Coffs Harbour. The building was at one time the resort's sports centre, gymnasium, squash courts, and alfresco restaurant.