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Marine Institute

As a campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Fisheries and Marine Institute is Canada’s most comprehensive centre for education, training, applied research and industrial support for the ocean industries. Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it is one of the most respected centres of marine learning and applied research in the world. The Marine Institute provides more than 20 industry-driven programs ranging from technical certificates to master’s degrees. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees, the Institute offers advanced diplomas, diplomas of technology and technical certificates. Students enjoy a learning environment where small class sizes are the rule, hands on instruction is a way of life and competition tuition rates put an internationally-recognized education well within reach.

The Marine Institute also runs a variety of short courses and industrial response programs. All programs and courses are designed to provide students with knowledge and skills required for success in the workforce. The Institute has three Schools – the School of Fisheries, the School of Maritime Studies and the School of Ocean Technology – and within these Schools a number of specialized centres and units. These centres and units lead the Institute, both nationally and internationally, in applied research and technology transfer and in the provision of training to a variety of industry clients.

Fast Facts

  • The Marine Institute houses the world’s largest and most up-to-date full-mission simulator complex including a full motion ship’s bridge simulator.
  • Our Offshore Safety and Survival Centre is equipped with a Helicopter Underwater Escape Trainer and Environmental Theatre that can simulate wind, waves and rain.
  • The Marine Institute is home to the world’s largest flume tank where our experts perform tests on newly developed or existing fishing equipment in simulated underwater and near surface conditions.
  • The Marine Institute houses a food pilot plant used to develop new food products and processing methods and an aquaculture facility with fresh and salt water systems.

Our research specialization:

  • Aquaculture and Seafood Development
  • Marine Simulation
  • Ocean Safety
  • Ocean Technology
  • Fisheries Development and Ecosystems Research




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Contribute to our Community

The Marine Institute’s mission is to foster economic development in strategic sectors of the Newfoundland and Labrador economy, particularly the fisheries and offshore, and to enable Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to participate in the marine industry nationally and internationally. This mission provides for the development of the Institute as an industrially relevant institution. Through its wide range of technical education and training courses, including short industrial response courses, diploma of technology programs, and Bachelor and Master’s degree programs, as well as its participation in research and development, technology transfer,and public policy advocacy initiatives, the Marine Institute is actively involved in contributing to the economic development of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Marine Institute is positioned in five communities through the province including Stephenville, Lewisporte, Holyrood, Foxtrap and St. John’s where specialized training and education program are delivered for the oceans industries. The Marine Institute has a history of delivering fisheries and marine safety education and training programs in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador and in other areas of Canada, including Northern Canada.

Foster Student Success

Alexia Newson

PEI native Alexia Newson enrolled in MI’s Nautical Science program but it soon became clear to Alexia that the course load, constant assignments and multiple tests were challenging. With the help of Disability Services, Alexia finished her first year but felt that the program would prove to be too much. Determined to have an ocean going career, she moved to the Bridge Watch program, where a hands-on career aboard vessels would develop skills required to fill a variety of roles. Alexia saw an appealing career path through the Bridge Watch program. Starting as a deckhand would allow her the opportunity to gain valuable sea-time experience and give her time to grow into future roles with additional responsibility, all at her own pace. Alexia says success is all about finding the right fit. Alexia is a scholarship recipient and was recently hired by the Canadian Coast Guard.

By definition, a library is “a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, films and music for people to read or borrow.” However, students visiting the Dr. C.R. Barrett Library at the Marine Institute can collect stories and knowledge from the real-life chapters of alumni and industry partners. Students can participate in MI’s annual ‘Living Library’ – an event that makes a collection of human “books” from various career backgrounds available on “loan” to students who could “borrow” a human book for up to 30 minutes for an open conversation. The interaction offers students an opportunity to meet with alumni and those in their fields of interest, to explore potential career paths and get insight into daily aspects of a “book’s” working life. Some organizations that have participated include Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Genoa Design, Rolls-Royce, Atlantic Towing, SNC-Lavalin, Maersk Supply, the Canadian Coast Guard and Kraken Sonar.

Katie Morrissey

Katie Morrissey spent the summer 2015 exploring the Arctic while pursuing her marine environmental technology studies. As part of a Students on Ice expedition, Katie’s experience set into motion a love for the polar region while realizing the impact of climate change and social and economic issues facing Northern Canada. Thanks to her experience, Katie has broadened her plans for the future. So many unexpected subjects peaked her interest while on the expedition, including natural education, exploring, sailing, mammals, politics, and hunting. “I always knew that in whatever I did, I wanted to help improve the Earth’s condition. After exploring, experimenting, trying new foods and getting to know people from all over the world, I am certain that while that is still the basis of my long term plan, I am now considering how I can incorporate the Arctic in that vision,” said Katie.

Partner with Business and Community


The Marine Institute’s Centre for Marine Simulation with the National Research Council and Kongsberg Maritime Simulation aims to improve the safety and efficiency of oil and gas operations in arctic environments by developing a dynamic positioning system specifically for ice-rich waters. Existing dynamic positioning systems do not adequately account for the forces and movements of ice, and these factors are important for oil and gas operators, particularly those who operate in more northern environments as well as those looking to extend the offshore drilling and production window in the north. The partners are currently evaluating the design and operation of these systems in ice with a goal to develop a simulator prototype that can be used by the Centre for testing and preliminary training of appropriate personnel and by Kongsberg as proof of concept for real equipment commercialization.


In 2010, the Marine Institute established a $4 million marine base in Holyrood, NL to support its at-sea research and training. Today, it is not only the portal to the ocean for the Memorial University community, it supports innovative oceans education and research taking place in the province’s ocean-technology sector. Through a strategic partnership with the community, the Marine Institute is helping to build an oceans-technology cluster in Holyrood and support the town’s Oceans Holyrood Initiative designed to foster, enable and accelerate an oceans industries community of practice. The collaboration is fostering regional and rural development and making Holyrood a gathering place for local, national and international researchers, scientists, instructors and students in the oceans sectors.

Support Indigenous Students

The Fisheries and Marine Institute have been involved in providing training for Indigenous students since its establishment in 1964. Over 90% of MI’s indigenous students are enrolled, mainly in fisheries related programs, through our community-based education delivery unit. Marine Institute courses are offered in the student’s home community or in a centralized location near their home community. The community-based unit works in partnership with the local indigenous organizations in the delivery of all programs and services. Student services support such as guidance, job placement and counseling are also provided through the Marine Institute’s Office of Student Services. Additional services are provided through the Aboriginal Liaison Office located on Memorial University’s St. John’s Campus.

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Date modified: 2016-10-27