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Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland  
General Information

1 Education Philosophy:

To foster economic development in strategic sectors of the Newfoundland economy, particularly the fisheries and offshore, and to enable Newfoundlanders to participate in the Marine Industry nationally and internationally.


1.2 Education Goals:

The Mandate of the Marine Institute is to provide education and training, applied research and technology transfer in support of our client industries on a national and international basis. Overall, the Marine Institute is committed to providing a learning environment in which students can reach their full potential. We aim to design and deliver programs that provide graduates with highly competitive skills and abilities. We encourage excellence in teaching and learning, and seek to provide the industrial community with relevant, high quality, applied research and technology transfer.

This mission provides for the  development of the Institute as  an industrially relevant institution. A range of Master’s Degree, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma of Technology, Joint Diploma Degree, Post Graduate Certificate, Technician Diploma and Technical Certificate programs are offered, together with a variety of industry-oriented short courses. The Marine Institute’s vision for the future is to be a World Oceans Institute, setting the standard in education, training, innovation, and research. This vision will shape the goals of the Institute, guide its activities, strengthen its expertise, and advance its reputation for ocean excellence globally.


1.3 Brief History:

The Fisheries and Marine Institute was established in 1964 as the College of Fisheries, Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electronics. It became affiliated with the University in 1992 and since then has continued to grow as a world-class centre of marine technology and education. The official name is the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, but it is commonly known as the Marine Institute.

The main campus of the Marine Institute overlooks the city of St. John’s from within Pippy Park, which has extensive hiking trails and recreational facilities. This building houses a flume tank, a seafood processing plant, freshwater aquaculture research and development facilities, and extensive marine simulation facilities. The Dr. C.R. Barrett Library, located at this campus, houses one of Canada’s largest marine –related collections. In addition, the Institute manages the Offshore Safety and survival Centre in Foxtrap, the Safety and Emergency Response Training (SERT) Centre in Stephenville, a regional fisheries and marine training centre in Lewisporte and a marine base on the south side of St. John’s harbor and another in Holyrood.

The Marine Institute provides a full range of programs focusing on fisheries and marine science and technology. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees, the Institute offers advanced diplomas, diplomas of technology, and technical certificates. The Institute also runs a variety of short courses and industrial response programs.

All programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for success in the workforce. The Institute seeks the advice of industrial program advisory committees in the ongoing development and review of programs. Whenever appropriate, it submits programs for national accreditation, providing graduates with mobility in professional employment


Structure of Institution

MV Anne S. Pierce

Contact Facility Operator(s) :

School of Ocean Technology (SOT)

Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR)


Facility Location : South Side Marine Base


The Marine Institute operates the training and research vessel, the MV Anne S. Pierce. The diesel engine ship measures 116.6 feet in length, has a gross tonnage of 295 tons and can cruise up to ten knots. She features laboratory and aft working areas as well as accommodations for sixteen persons.

RV Gecho II

Contact Facility Operator(s) :

Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER) 


A highly sophisticated inshore fisheries research vessel, the RV Gecho II was custom built for the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research (CFER) to conduct research in coastal bays with unique habitats, inshore spawning and nursery habitats. The vessel also provides CFER with the capability to monitor inshore and offshore species migration.


The 10 metre vessel operates in coastal waters off Newfoundland and Labrador and is equipped with:

・two scientific echo sounders with five transducers (four frequencies)

・double global positioning systems

・a bridge echo sounder, radar, very high frequency and Sirius radios

・oceanographic winch and conductivity, temperature and depth

・remotely operated vehicle

・fish tracking telemetry equipment

・ichthyoplankton survey gear


Structure of Program
On-Board Trainig Scheme