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History of Marine Science

The history and development of the Department of Marine Science at Otago University.

Although established in 1992 the Department of Marine Science has it roots ten years earlier when the University of Otago introduced the degree of MSc in Marine Science with John Jillett as course director.

The history of the department (1982 to the present) shows the many highlights from those humble beginnings to the department of today. The Department continues to develop, expanding the range of courses available, as well as the range of research facilities.


The history of marine science in Otago is strongly linked with both the University of Otago and the Fish Hatchery established at Portobello in 1904.

To find out more about how we obtained our first research vessel, go here: Betty's Boat.