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.

The Top of the South is where the majority of New Zealand’s aquaculture produce is grown. The region is the leading producer of farmed GreenshellTM mussels, King Salmon and Pacific Oysters. Nelson is also a major hub of research in this field. This dynamic industry’s continued expansion relies on the development of qualified, passionate professionals.

Aquaculture education is delivered in state of the art facilities at NMIT’s Nelson campus and at the Cawthron Institute of Nelson – an internationally respected private research centre. The Cawthron Institute is a key partner with NMIT and as a student, you’ll benefit from learning in a collaborative manner alongside researchers and industry. You'll also get to go on a field trip most weeks during your study.

NMIT has worked closely with local companies, organisations and industries to develop a full suite of aquaculture training to support the New Zealand aquaculture industry – from secondary school pathways through to postgraduate level. If you need flexibility on where and when you study, some aquaculture qualifications can be studied flexibly and part-time.


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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.

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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

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. 

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