• Who We Are

    The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre (SCMDC) is a not-for-profit community organisation which aims to become a Centre of Excellence in temperate marine education and research.

    A multi-faceted organisation, SCMDC has established a Marine Discovery Centre in Snug Cove, Eden, NSW, linked with education programs for school and community groups, facilities to support research into the marine environment and outdoor educational activity programs.


    The Discovery Centre promotes understanding of oceans and coasts by offering learning and knowledge experiences.


    To be a centre of excellence in temperate marine research and education.


    • To increase understanding of sustainable use of the oceans and coasts.
    • To facilitate research into the temperate marine environment
    • To be a resource for specialist knowledge about the temperate marine environment
    • To provide a wide range of visitor experiences focussing on our unique natural assets
    • To offer educational opportunities for people of all ages
    • To work with indigenous people to achieve our mission
    • To be a well managed not for profit organisation


    Board Members: (as of Jan 2016)

    Chairman: Stan Soroka
    Treasurer: John Tanner
    David Jesson
    Anna Cooke
    Paul Whittock

    Interested in joining our Board – please contact the centre on 6496 1699 for more details.

    Staff Members:

    Centre Manager: Kerryn Wood
    Operations Assistant: Janet Borley
    Financial Officer: Tony Millo
    Tank Maintenance: Cameron Shanks

    Eden Marine Centre Ltd. Constitution

    Eden Marine Centre Ltd is the Company established as Trustee for The Eden Whale Discovery Centre Research Trust.  Click the link to download a copy of the Eden Marine Centre Ltd. Constitution 

    Established under The Eden Whale Discovery Centre Research Trust, and governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, the SCMDC is staffed by a Centre Manager, Marine Education and Events Coordinator, Financial Officer and Aquarist.

    Legal identity:  Eden Marine Centre Ltd (a company limited by guarantee) as Trustee for The Eden Whale Discovery Centre Research Trust.

    Registered  Trading name:  Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.