Unlocking the potential of our oceans


5th – 7th August 2019

Nelson, New Zealand

Unlocking the potential of our oceans


5th – 7th August 2019

Nelson, New Zealand

Cawthron Institute, New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation, invites professionals from industry, government and iwi, with an interest in the possibilities of open ocean aquaculture, to join us for our inaugural Cawthron Open Oceans Symposium.

Open ocean aquaculture is New Zealand’s newest and most challenging frontier.


We’re lifting the lid on how to meet this challenge through state-of-the-art environmentally sustainable technologies and world class science.


5th – 7th August 2019


Rutherford Hotel

27 Nile St West, Nelson

New Zealand


Early registration: $620 + gst

Standard registration: $720 + gst


Cutting edge ideas and industry leading speakers


During this Symposium you’ll hear about technological advancements from Cawthron scientists and global research leaders, as well as the social and economic impacts of open ocean aquaculture.

The conference will include plenary presentations from keynote speakers, as well as break out sessions focusing on shellfish/seaweed and finfish. There will also be multiple networking opportunities.



Keynote Speakers

The Symposium offers an invaluable chance to take part in an extraordinary gathering of minds, with presentations from local and international specialists, whose work is at the forefront of open ocean aquaculture.

Bela Buck

Alfred Wegener-Institute , Germany


Michael Chambers

University of New Hampshire, USA


Hans Bjelland

SINTEF, Norway SINTEF, Norway


Arndt Hildebrandt

Ludwig-Franzius Institute , Germany