Aquaculture is riding a wave of opportunities created by the industry's goal to generate over $3 billion in revenue by 2035.

A career in aquaculture will see you working at the intersection of science, innovation, technology, and food production in the world’s fastest-growing primary industry, this provides an ongoing high demand for aquaculture graduates.

Aquaculture covers the breeding, raising, and harvesting of fish and shellfish for commercial purposes in marine or freshwater farms.

NMIT offers world-class aquaculture programmes at Certificate, Bachelor, and Postgraduate levels. Our programmes are designed with industry to ensure graduates have the right blend of knowledge and skills to transition seamlessly into the workforce.

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

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.

Jamie Bellamy(external link) is studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture(external link) and says the close connection with industry is an integral part of the programme.

Dr. Mark Burdass(external link) has a really close connection with New Zealand King Salmon and does a lot of work with them,” says Jamie, “We also visited other industries including oyster farms, mussel hatcheries, and other salmon places to talk with people and find out what they’re doing and what issues they are trying to solve.”

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The majority of New Zealand’s aquaculture produce is grown in Te Tauihu, Top of the South Island, and 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.

Degree students also have the chance to take part in our Student Exchange programme, spending one semester studying at one of NMIT’s partner institutes in the USA, Germany, or Norway.

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

View a video overview of our Aquaculture programmes on the Experience NMIT hub(external link).

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