Aquaculture in New Zealand is riding a wave – with the NZ Government setting a goal of the industry generating over $3 billion revenue by 2035.

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Working at the intersection of science, innovation, technology and food production, aquaculture is an exciting industry that’s developing sustainable solutions for many of the world’s biggest environmental issues.

The continued expansion of this dynamic industry relies on the development of qualified, passionate professionals.

Our aquaculture programmes are designed with industry to ensure graduates have the right blend of knowledge and skills to transition seamlessly into the workforce.

The programmes have a strong focus on sustainability and marine conservation, recognising the ecological threats of overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and climate change on the ocean and freshwater environments.

At NMIT, you will learn how to apply sustainable aquaculture principles that help to conserve the marine environment and address some of the major issues facing our planet.

A majority of New Zealand’s aquaculture produce is grown in the Top of the South Island, home to the well-known Greenshell™ Mussels, King Salmon and Pacific Oysters. The region is also the country’s research hub.

You will learn in state-of-the-art-facilities at our Nelson campus and at The Cawthron Institute - an internationally respected 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. 

Aquaculture students get plenty of real-world experience with one field trip a week, on average, three different work placements, and applied research projects. 

With flexible study options available, NMIT is the best place to kickstart a career in aquaculture.

“Studying Aquaculture at NMIT opened a lot of doors and exposed me to some great experiences and work placements.”

- Keith Nolan graduated with a Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation

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