Welcome to the Institute of Marine Science


The Institute of Marine Science (IMS) brings together the wide range of expertise and facilities at The University of Auckland to work towards improving our understanding of the marine environment.

A giant snapper nursery

New evidence confirms what Professor John Montgomery and other scientists have long suspected: the Goat Island Marine Reserve acts as a giant snapper nursery.

Warmer seas for Dunedin-ites

Dr Nick Shears, co-author of a new study looking at sea temperature readings, says that Dunedin-ites could find it increasingly easy to dive into the sea for a dip.

Visit a unique environment

Visit the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre and learn about New Zealand’s unique marine environment and the species which exist in the waters of north-eastern New Zealand.