SMBS was established in 1954 as an independent unit of the Faculty of Science of Niigata University. This is the oldest marine biological station on the Sea of Japan coast. The station is located on the northwestern coast of Sado Island, Japan. In 2013, SMBS has been designated as a Joint Usage/Education Center of the Ministry of Education, Culture,Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, and in one year, more than 3000 researchers and students visit SMBS from all over the world for research and education of marine biology. Current staff is consisted of 1 professor, 2 assistant professors, 1 specially-appointed assistant professor, 1 technical officer, and 1 clerk. Furthermore, during the high season in summer, an additional clerk is temporarily hired. Maximum 42 people can stay in SMBS. The research field of current staff is fish reproductive neuroendocrinology and neurophysiology, fish and aquatic ecology, evolutionary embryology and systematics.

Address: 87 Tassha, Sado, Niigata 952-2135 Japan