School of Fisheries


The School of Fisheries delivers education and training programs to students interested in entering the aquaculture, fishing, environmental and food industries. Academic programs offered by the School range from industry certifications to diplomas of technology, joint diploma/bachelor degrees, advanced diplomas, post-graduate certificates and master's degrees.

The School of Fisheries also has significant involvement in community-based training programs, where instructors teach short industry training programs in communities, primarily in Newfoundland and Labrador and Northern Canada. The School is moving toward offering more online courses and programs.

The School of Fisheries has four industrial research and training units:

Message from the School Head

Welcome to the School of Fisheries located within the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University. As a School we are proud to represent a sector with a rich cultural, social and economic history within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

From our humble beginnings as ‘The Fisheries College' in 1964 the School has grown significantly and now houses the most comprehensive set of marine related educational, research and industrial expertise in North America. Academic programs offered through the School range from marine environmental technology to food safety, food technology to water quality, integrated coastal and ocean management as well as sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Depending on the program these courses are offered at the diploma, degree and master's level with options for classroom or online delivery. We also offer a wide range of industrial response short courses.‌

The School is also responsible for four world class applied research centres with a principal mandate to bring science and technology to the seafood sector to improve the operational efficiency and overall sustainability of the industry. These centres are home to the largest flume tank in the world, a cutting edge marine by-products research facility, the largest at-sea institutional fisheries research capacity in the country and dozens of world class scientific and technical staff.

Whether you are an aspiring student in one of our education and training programs or an industrial client seeking a research solution to a commercial problem, we have the expertise to suit your needs. Please explore our capabilities and consider contributing to the sustainable growth of a sector which is of significant strategic importance provincially, nationally and internationally.

- Carey Bonnell, Head, School of Fisheries