Bachok Marine Research Station

The IOES Bachok Marine Research Station at Kelantan, was completed and handed over to IOES on 27 June 2012. Facing the South China Sea, the Bachok Station will serve as the University of Malaya’s gateway to the South China Sea, and will provide opportunities for coastal and offshore oceanographic activities. The Bachok Station will also serve as a testing ground for technologies developed for coastal protection, novel aquaculture, as well as a training ground for aspiring local and foreign marine scientists.

The Atmospheric Sciences Center at the Bachok Marine Research Station is awarded as a Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) centre by the world Meteorological Organization (WMO) on 13 June 2016. This atmospheric observation tower is funded from the National Environmental Research Centre (NERC), UK, through our collaboration with Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia and the Malaysian Meterological Department. An observation tower was constructed for placement of atmospheric and climate monitoring at the station. A micro-Dirac which is a gas chromatograph fabricated by Cambridge University, is currently set up in the tower to monitor halocarbon compounds in the atmosphere. This research which started as part of the PMI2 funded collaboration between IOES and Cambridge University, expanded into the EU-SHIVA progamme which brought together scientists from more than 17 universities and research institutions, to participate in a field campaign to measure halogenated gases in the atmosphere and to understand their impact on global ozone within the upper troposphere and global stratosphere, with implications on climate change. A joint Centre of Marine Science and Technology between university of Malaya (UM) and First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), Ministry of Natural Resources, China was established at the Bachok station on Dec 2017. 


Support advanced and applied research with focus on utilisation of marine resources, marine biotechnology, eco-engineering technology, met-ocean research and socioeconomic studies.
Provide the infrastructure and facilities for the development and pilot-scale testing of new coastal engineering technologies for shoreline protection against erosion, sea level rise and tsunamis.
Serve as the Centre for transfer of technologies for poverty eradication in the coastal communities, with focus on the ECER populations.
Serve as the centre for outreach and training of IOES


_____ LOCATION: The Bachok Marine Research Station, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, is established in 2012. It is located at Bachok, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, which is 30 kilometres from Kota Bharu. Built on a land area of 3 hectares, the station fronts the open sea (South China Sea) and is partially bounded by the narrow Rekang River. It is also an hour away from Perhentian Island, which is ideal for coral reef studies. 

FACILITIES: Biological, Chemical and physical Oceanography Laboratories, molecular laboratories, seminar room, conference room, dormitory (max 40 pax), a met-ocean observation tower, hatchery facilities, nursery setup, boat house with 1 unit of 7-ft rigid- inflatable boat (RIB) and 1 unit of fibre glass boat, full communication and internet facilities. 


EQUIPMENT: Laboratory and field equipment including UV-Vis spectrophotometer, growth chamner, freeze-dryer,
-80°C freezer, thermal cyclers, real-time PCR system, Epi- fluorescent microscope, Flow cyctometer,
TOC-TN analyzer, research grade microscopes, sonic anemometer, multiparameter sondes,
sediment grabs, water samplers, plankton nets, current meters, depth sounders and SCUBA diving gears. 


Atmospheric Watch Centre- Air-Ocean-Land Interactions
Harmful Algal Blooms Studies
Environmental Monitoring
Population Genetic of Giant Clam
Grand Challenge Seaweeds Cultivation Project
Algae & Seaweed Cultivation for Biofuel
Coral-bactera assemblages
Bacteria-mediated Carbon Flux in Tropical Coastal Waters
Coastal Bioshield for Coastline Protection
Marine Biodiversity & Ecology
Mangrove Ecosystem Studies
Maritime Culture & History
Marine Spatial Planning for Coastal & Ocean Planning 

Head of Station 
Associate Professor Dr. Leaw Chui Pin
Tel: 609-778 5007

Bachok Marine Research Station
Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences,
University of Malaya
16310 Bachok, Kelantan, Malaysia

Tel: 609-7785001/5002/5003 
Fax: 609-7785006



Research Activities Linked to Marine Research Station
1 Marine Sources Of Short-Lived Halocarbons And Their Atmospheric Effects;
Halocarbon Production by Marine Algae
2 Effects and control of biofouling on mangrove seedlings
3 Investigating bacteria mediated carbon fluxes in tropical coastal waters
4 Enhancing the forecast of severe weather in Malaysia and its neighbouring seas during the northeast monsoon
5 Mangrove and coastal vegetation establishment for protection and economic enhancement.
6 Coastal Bio-Shield Via Bio-Engineering Technique for Protection and Economic Enhancement
7 Seaweed Mass Production for Pulp & Paper
8 Diversity and ecology of jellyfish, marine invertebrates; snapper & grouper
9 Distribution, Ecology and Conservation of cetaceans around the Langkawi Archipelago, with special reference to Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, Sousa chinensis
10 Marine Fungi in Malaysia.
11 The macroevolution of Marine microeukaryotes
12 Systematic studies on Malaysian marine algae and seaweeds
13 Biology and Distribution of Marine and Intertidal Rove beetles
14 Pelancongan Kebudayaan Maritim
15 Law of the Sea
16 Development of an ecological model of a phytoplankton bloom in a tropical estuary
17 Investigating coral-associated bacterial assemblages
18 Diversity and biological studies of moray eels and allied groups in Malaysia
19 Stratospheric ozone: Halogen Impacts in a Varying Atmosphere (SHIVA: EU Grant # 226224)

 IOES Bachock Marine Research Station FORM A

Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences
C308, Institute of Advanced Studies Building,
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,

Tel: (+603) 7967 4640 / 6995
Fax: (+603) 7967 6994
Email: admin.ioes@um.edu.my

Office Hours 
Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: Closed