The Federal Government contributed $19.5 million to the new Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) facilities at Chowder Bay in Mosman, to upgrade and construct laboratories, expand seawater research aquarium facilities and purchase and install a range of marine research equipment.
Officially opening the facility, Senator Evans said there was nothing more important to Australia than its marine science.
''We have to be a smart country. We're an island continent and we need to understand our marine environment,'' he said.
SIMS operates a number of the IMOS infrastructure Facilities (including NSW moorings, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Animal Tagging and Monitoring), and also hosts the NSW-IMOS Science Node.