An ocean of possibility in Aquaculture

Aquaculture in New Zealand is riding a wave – with $1 billion projected revenue by 2025. Covering the farming of fish, mussels, salmon, clams and oysters, it’s the fastest growing industry within the seafood sector. With around 70% of the industry based in the Top of the South Island, there is an increasing need for qualified, professional people to work in the Aquaculture industry.

NMIT has worked closely with local companies, organisations and industries to develop Aquaculture qualifications at diploma, degree and postgraduate level – ensuring your qualification will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience for your career or further study, whether it’s in New Zealand or overseas.

You’ll gain knowledge and skills in aquaculture systems, how they work, and how to best manage them. You will also become familiar with basic aquatic species biology, aquatic ecology, and aquaculture business management.

Aquaculture education at NMIT is delivered in state of the art facilities at NMIT’s Nelson Campus and at the Cawthron Institute’s facilities at the Glen Aquaculture Park.


Image of mussels and logo of Aquaculture NZ

Opportunities in mussel farming

Jake Bartrom is a second generation marine farmer who passionately believes that aquaculture offers New Zealand a tremendous opportunity to generate significant net economic benefit through the sustainable production of beautiful seafood.

Watch the video


All of NMIT's Primary Industries programmes have a strong focus on “hands on” careers, and provide training for some of the region’s key industry sectors. If you're interested in aquaculture, you might also be interested in the following programmes:

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Programmes and Courses

NMIT relocation scholarship

NMIT Relocation Scholarship

Get paid to move to Nelson and study aquaculture! It might sound too good to be true, but it’s the real deal being offered to anyone outside of the Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough region using those Council boundaries (known as the Top of the South).

NMIT will offer a fees discount of $1,000 to successful applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture, Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation or the Diploma in Aquaculture.
*Conditions apply

To find out more, submit an online enquiry or call us on 0800 422 733.

Marine Farming Association Scholarship

Graduates from Golden Bay High School who have spent at least one academic year in Year 13 and wants to study full time on the NMIT Diploma in Aquaculture (Fish  Farming and fishery management) in 2014. The scholarship covers 50% of full course fee for two years of study to a maximum value on $5,500. Closing date 27 October 2013.

Find out more about this scholarship.

New Zealand King Salmon Aquaculture Scholarship 

This scholarship is intended to assist students under the age of 25 with their course fees by subsidising half course fees for a first year student or full course fees for a second year student.

In order to qualify students must be residents of the Top of the South region at the time of application and under 25 years of age at the start of their first year. They can apply for the scholarship on both years of the course.

Students will apply to NMIT for the scholarship; NMIT will process applications and recommend suitable students to NZ King Salmon for approval.

At least one work placement at NZ King Salmon hatchery or sea farm must be carried out by each student during the year of their scholarship.

Find out more about this scholarship or contact Mark Burdass on 03 546 9175 ext 328.