NIWA has the largest team of aquaculture specialists and dedicated facilities in New Zealand.

Growing global demand for protein and high-value food products from the sea is creating a significant economic opportunity for environmentally responsible and sustainable aquaculture.
NIWA's research is preparing a range of species for aquaculture.
Our aquaculture research is world-leading and ranges across many areas and aquaculture species.
NIWA's seafood sector work comprises our fish, fisheries and aquaculture research and consultancy.
A Different Kettle of Fish

Take a look inside NIWA's Bream Bay aquaculture facility. NIWA scientists talk about how the operation works, the species that they are working on and why the facility is so important for New Zealand's aquaculture industry.

Scientist makes new homes for baby paua

Twelve bespoke concrete structures resembling "upside down oven trays" may hold the key to restoring the paua population off Kaikoura wiped out by last November's earthquake.

Double trouble from oyster pathogens

The spread of Bonamia ostreae from Marlborough Sounds to oyster farms in Big Glory Bay (Stewart Island) could spread to the valuable wild oyster population.