If you are interested in a career in Aquaculture we have a number of training providers listed
The Social and Community Effects of Salmon Farming and Rearing

NZIER report on the economic contribution of marine farming in the Marlborough region

THE BLUE MUSSEL PROJECT: Research into a solution to the oversettlement of blue mussels.
90 MILE BEACH PROJECT: Research to assess the quality and viability of spat before it leaves Kaitaia.
MARINE FARM COMPLIANCE: Marine farm compliance audit partnership programme
Careers |If you are interested in a career in Aquaculture we suggest you look at the opportunities offered by the training providers below.


What you could do in the New Zealand Aquaculture industry
People in the industry work as farmers, harvesters, divers, biologists, water systems engineers, hatchery technicians and managers, marine biotechnologists, biotoxin monitoring specialists, spat collectors, seaweed gatherers, marine ecologists, aquaculture nutritionist, aquatic health specialists, breeding technicians, researchers, product designers, marketing, suppliers, retailers, processors...to name a few! There are also people who work for aquaculture businesses in administrative and support roles, marketing and management or within the processing plants that bridge the gap between the ocean and the market place.

The Andy Ritchie Fund

The Andy Ritchie Fund (AR 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.
$5,000 is currently available. Ideally for a masters student to assist in research for the Aquaculture industry. 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.
Each year a grant will be available for specific research topics.

For more information and to download an application form please click here.


If you would like to register your interest in any vacancies that may arise in the industry you can send your CV to info@marinefarming.co.nz Please also include a brief summary, no more than 25 words and we will include in our bi-monthly newsletter which is circulated to marine farmers in the Top of the South Island.

Click HERE to download a copy of our Aquaculture Careers Brochure.

Industry Training Providers

Golden Bay High School Aquaculture Academy
The Golden Bay High School Aquaculture Academy (GBHSAA) is a joint initiative between Golden Bay High School (GBHS) and the Marine Farming Association (MFA). 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.

A big thank you to the Golden Bay High School Aquaculture Academy Sponsors:



Click HERE to download more information about GBHS. Click HERE to download the GHBS careers brochure. To view their website click HERE.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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.

To view their website click HERE.

Queen Charlotte College - Aquaculture Academy
The Queen Charlotte College Aquaculture Academy (QCCAA) 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.

To download a brochure about the Queen Charlotte College Aquaculture Academy click HERE. To view their website click HERE.

Primary ITO 
The aquaculture industry in New Zealand has a bold future - and not just because of our ideal coastal topography, weather conditions and clean, unpolluted water. The industry's commitment to training is a key part of future growth and development.

Primary ITO ensures that opportunities for training and ongoing research and development abound, keeping up with the exciting pace of marine farming. Primary ITO is strongly focused on responding to the aquaculture industry's skill needs and works closely with industry representatives. This means individuals, businesses and the industry all benefit from relevant, industry-specific training. And the industry can move forward readily to meet ever-increasing market demands. And the great thing about Primary ITO and industry training is that there are opportunities to grow and develop your role in aquaculture while you're at work. No student loans here! Contact Primary ITO today and catch your future now.

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.

For more information click HERE to download the Aquaculture Scholarship Brochure.

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