Active offshore volcano: White Island, Bay of Plenty
Diverse Habitats within the Bay of Plenty
The Coastal Marine Field Station provides a research platform for access to arguably the largest range of marine habitats possible, from brackish water lagoons and sheltered estuaries, to open, exposed sandy beaches and offshore island reefs. Habitats even include an offshore active volcano with submarine gaseous vents.
Biodiversity of the Bay of Plenty marine environment ranges from cold temperate to subtropical species and the Tuhua Marine Reserve nearby adds to the opportunity for comprehensive research.