Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland

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The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
University logo
Motto Ad Excellentiam Nitere (Latin)
Motto in English
"Strive for Excellence"
Type Public
Established 1964
President Gary Kachanoski
Vice-president Glenn Blackwood
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 1200
Location St. John's, NL, Canada
Campus Urban 220 acres (89 ha)
Colours blue      & teal     

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, popularly referred to as the Marine Institute (MI) or simply Marine, is a post-secondary ocean and marine polytechnic located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is affiliated with Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The Marine Institute is considered the most comprehensive institution of its kind in North America, with unique facilities such as two full ships bridge simulators and the world's largest flume tank. It offers degrees, diplomas, certifications and industry training for the maritime sector.


In 1964, Newfoundland Premier Joey Smallwood opened the College of Fisheries, Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electronics, at the former Parade St. campus of Memorial University College (now Memorial University of Newfoundland). The Fisheries College, as it was then known colloquially, was moved in 1985 to its current Ridge Road building and renamed to the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Technology.

1992 saw the name change again, as the institution became affiliated with Memorial University as The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Marine's main campus is located on Ridge Road, overlooking the city of St. John's. Satellite facilities include the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) training centre in Foxtrap, the Safety and Emergency Response Training Centre (SERT) in Stephenville, harbour-side facilities at pier 25 in St. John's and Holyrood, and ships of up to 130 feet (40 m) in length.


Marine is academically organized into three primary structures, the school of fisheries, the school of maritime studies, and the school of Ocean Technology

School of Fisheries[edit]

The school of fisheries focuses on the use, sustainability and management of aquatic resources and the marine environment; primarily, aquaculture, harvesting, food processing and safety. It encompasses the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) and the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD).

School of Maritime Studies[edit]

The school of maritime studies focuses on the marine transport industry and its related fields; primarily, ship operations and vessel design. It encompasses the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) and the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS).[1]

School of Ocean Technology[edit]

The School of Ocean Technology was established in May 2007 with a $1 million investment from the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The school will focus on technologies that enable safe, efficient, and effective activity in ocean industries. This includes ocean instrumentation and equipment, marine information and communication technologies, ocean mapping and underwater technology. The school will also provide education and training as well as industrial outreach for the Ocean Technology sector.

Student life[edit]


Marine is a small school, with small class sizes and close instructor-student interaction. The Canadian Forces had a naval training detachment within the school up until 2015, so at one point it was common to see students in military uniform.


MISU is the Marine Institute Student Union, a Canadian Federation of Students associated student organization. Some of the provided services include extended health and dental insurance, tutor arrangements, and club ratifications.

Marine Socials[edit]

Every Friday evening, MISU hosts a well-attended social function in the Mariner's Lounge; with relatively affordable beverages and live entertainment.


Dr. Mel Baker, Memorial University archivist 'Celebrate Memorial: A Pictorial History of Memorial University of Newfoundland' (St. John's Newfoundland: Memorial University Press © 1999)


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Coordinates: 47°35′11.19″N 52°44′10.04″W / 47.5864417°N 52.7361222°W / 47.5864417; -52.7361222