Havelock Mussel Festival

We have been a proud Platinum sponsor of the Havelock Mussel Festival for many years.
This is a fantastic event for the Havelock Community and the Marine Farming industry and we hope to continue supporting this event for many years to come.

Graeme Dingle Foundation - Marlborough

Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes currently reach over 50% of Marlborough’s young people - helping them discover that what they have inside is greater than any obstacle.

Every week the team work directly with over 3,100 of Marlborough’s young people, across 16 local schools and colleges.
Their vision: empowering kids to overcome life's obstacles

We love what this organisation stands for and support them in any way we can, not only as the Marine Farming Association but the wider industry also.

Ted's jump a daring 20,000ft drop


Community Groups that we are involved with

  • MFA Research, Development & Technology Sub Committee
  • MFA Environment, Compliance Sub Committee
  • Havelock Mussel Festival 
  • Aquaculture Week 
  • Smart & Connected - Aquaculture; Harmony Group
  • Smart & Connected - Aquaculture; Value & Innovation Group
  • Smart & Connected - Aquaculture; Steering Group
  • Smart & Connected Labour & Skills Working Group
  • Wainui Marine Farmers Group
  • TOS Marine Biosecurity Committee
  • Local Advisory Committee - Marlborough
  • Regional Skills Leadership Group
  • TEAM - The Economic Action Marlborough Group
  • Marlborough Event Managers Group
  • NMIT Aquaculture and Marine Conservation Industry Advisory Group


Fire & Emergency New Zealand

We support Amber McNamara our Office Manager as a member of the Blenheim Volunteer Brigade. 

The Andy Ritchie Scholarship Fund

The Andy Ritchie Fund was set up in the year 2000.
The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to support practical research in the field of New Zealand Aquaculture. To gain better knowledge and understanding of the environment we operate in, the species farmed and any impacts associated with marine farming operations.
$2,500 is available annually.
The funding area is nationwide but preference will be given to projects that benefit Top of the South aquaculture.
It is open to all species and aquaculture products.

Golden Bay Aquaculture Academy

The Golden Bay High School Aquaculture Academy is a joint initiative between Golden Bay High School  and the Marine Farming Association.
This initiative creates an opportunity for the aquaculture industry to have a positive input into the Golden Bay community through the development, sponsorship and ongoing support of the Aquaculture Academy.

For more information please go to their website https://www.gbh.school.nz/aquaculture.html

Queen Charlotte College Aquaculture Academy

The Queen Charlotte College Aquaculture Academy was initiated during 2002 as a partnership between Queen Charlotte College and the Marine Farming Association. 

The mandate of the Academy is to advance the skill levels and understanding of students attending and, when possible, to carry out meaningful research on issues relating to the aquaculture industry

For more information please go to their website - https://sites.google.com/qcc.school.nz/web/curriculum/aquaculture

Scholarships - Golden Bay

Applications for the next Marine Farming Association Scholarship can be made by contacting NMIT or through your school.

It is open to school leavers whose family home is in Golden Bay.