The Fisheries and Marine Institute was established in 1964 as the College of Fisheries, Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electronics, with a mandate to provide education and training in all aspects of fisheries and marine technology. Twenty years later, in 1984, the College moved to a new location within Pippy Park as the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Technology. In 1991, the Institute was affiliated with Memorial University of Newfoundland.
The Mandate of the Institute is to provide for education and training in fisheries and marine science and technology, and for applied research and technical transfer. The Fisheries and Marine Institute is a distinct entity within the University with a Mission "to foster economic development in strategic marine sectors of the Newfoundland economy, particularly the fishery and offshore development, and to enable Newfoundlanders to participate in the marine industry, nationally and internationally".
The mission provides for the development of the Institute as an industrially relevant institution. A range of one year advanced diploma, three year diploma of technology, two year technician diploma and one year technical and vocational programs are offered, together with a variety of industry oriented short courses. Programs are designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience appropriate for entry into and progression through the workforce. The standards of the programs, and their industrial relevance, are validated through accreditation, where appropriate, with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board or through certification by regulatory agencies such as the Canadian Coast Guard. School of Fisheries short courses are offered within rural communities in harvesting, processing, and aquaculture, in cooperation with the College of the North Atlantic.
In cooperation with other components of the University, the Institute through the Division of Degree Studies and Research offers a Bachelor of Maritime Studies degree and a Bachelor of Technology degree, based upon existing accredited three year diploma programs. In addition, a Master of Science in Aquaculture and an interdisciplinary, course-based Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) are available.
The Institute undertakes applied research, and engages in technology transfer and training for client industries. Within the School of Maritime Studies, the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre provides first aid, firefighting, and a variety of offshore safety and survival training short courses. The Centre for Marine Simulation offers training in electronic navigation, ballast control and cargo operations, tanker operations, dynamic positioning simulation and both ship's engine room and bridge operations and provides for simulation related research. The Tanker Training Unit deals with the needs of the offshore industry for certification of personnel. The Industrial Response Unit promotes the use of personnel and facilities by industry, while the Fishing Technology Unit and the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development within the School of Fisheries undertake applied research and technology transfer and provide appropriate training.
MI International is the focal point for the international programs and activities of the Fisheries and Marine Institute. The Unit brings an international dimension to the Institute, while enhancing the Province's export capability, by participating in international development projects and establishing linkages with other institutions around the World.
Associated with the Institute are two separately incorporated entities. The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, founded in 1989 as a joint initiative of the Fisheries and Marine Institute and Memorial University of Newfoundland, operates in the areas of aquaculture, harvesting, processing and equipment development. The Canadian Centre for Marine Communications is a non-profit corporation with a mission to facilitate the expansion of the Canadian industrial base through a world class research and applied technology centre.
Additional information about the structure of the Institute, its non-degree programs, its research and technology transfer activities, and the operations of its centres, may be found in a separate Fisheries and Marine Institute calendar.
The Fisheries and Marine Institute operates from three locations around St. John's. The main complex lies within Pippy Park, overlooking the city and consists of classrooms and technical laboratories in support of its programs, a fisheries flume tank, a licensed seafood processing plant, and freshwater aquaculture research and development facilities. Additionally, in support of maritime studies activities, the complex includes extensive marine simulation facilities. Just 30 kilometres from St. John's, in Foxtrap, the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre provides training within a facility that includes an international class marine fire fighting unit, a survival tank and simulated ship structure which provides practical experience in controlling and extinguishing all types of shipboard fires.
The Institute has a marine base at the Southside of St. John's Harbour. The Institute's vessels are operated from this base in support of training and research activities.
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