Office of Restorative Aquaculture

The Future of Aquaculture at NMI

Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) is developing comprehensive educational, industry collaboration, and community outreach programing in Restorative Aquaculture. Since the collapse of the New England ground fishing industry, the continuous threat of the diminishing global wild fish stocks, climate change impacts on food production, and community food security concerns, aquaculture offers some viable, responsible, and hopeful restorative solutions to these dire challenges. The NMI associate degree education and training program prepares graduates for entering the aquaculture work force with a regenerative mindset.

Concentration in recirculating aquaculture, fin-fish aquaculture, shellfish aquaculture, or macroalgae will be customized by each student’s passion and directed choice during two summer externships and a final capstone project. The academic program will incorporate extensive daily hands-on, experiential fieldwork on NMI’s two aquaculture farm lease and with our enthusiastic industry partners. A graduate of the NMI Restorative Aquaculture degree program will be fundamentally equipped and have the mindset to enter the aquaculture workforce or matriculate for future study in an undergraduate program, or to start their own aquaculture business.

The summer 5 day “Aquaculture Certificate” program (commencing summer 2022) is a fun, experiential, educational, historical, hands-on aquaculture experience for community participants of all ages (15 years and older) to promote community education and outreach for the public benefit. Key tenets designed into the NMI aquaculture programs are community and industry collaboration and associated benefits as well as environmental responsibility and awareness.

Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) is developing comprehensive educational, industry collaboration, and community outreach programing in Restorative Aquaculture. Since the collapse of the New England ground fishing industry, the continuous threat of the diminishing global wild fish stocks, climate change impacts on food production, and community food security concerns, aquaculture offers some viable, responsible, and hopeful restorative solutions to these dire challenges. The NMI associate degree education and training program prepares graduates for entering the aquaculture work force with a regenerative mindset. Concentration in recirculating aquaculture, fin-fish aquaculture, shellfish aquaculture, or macroalgae will be customized by each student’s passion and directed choice during two summer externships and a final capstone project. The academic program will incorporate extensive daily hands-on, experiential fieldwork on NMI’s two aquaculture farm lease and with our enthusiastic industry partners. A graduate of the NMI Restorative Aquaculture degree program will be fundamentally equipped and have the mindset to enter the aquaculture workforce or matriculate for future study in an undergraduate program, or to start their own aquaculture business.

The summer 5 day “Aquaculture Certificate” program (commencing summer 2022) is a fun, experiential, educational, historical, hands-on aquaculture experience for community participants of all ages (15 years and older) to promote community education and outreach for the public benefit. Key tenets designed into the NMI aquaculture programs are community and industry collaboration and associated benefits as well as environmental responsibility and awareness.

About our Program Director

Captain David Bill

Welcome to the Northeast Maritime Institute Restorative Aquaculture program. I am Captain David Bill, the program director. Since I was a youngster, I have been in love with the ocean and it’s creatures. During my past 30 year career, serving as the Nautical Science department head at Tabor Academy, I became fascinated by aquaculture and began collaborating with my Marine Science colleagues as well as the Town of Marion Harbormaster shell fishing initiatives. During my Sabbatical year at Tabor I worked with and visited many Massachusetts aquaculture farms. I spearheaded Tabor’s demonstration oyster farm. The Tabor Academy oyster became a student platform for research, community service, marine science, and propagation support for the Town of Marion commercial and recreational shellfisheries.

Welcome to the Northeast Maritime Institute Restorative Aquaculture program. I am Captain David Bill, the program director. Since I was a youngster, I have been in love with the ocean and it’s creatures. During my past 30 year career, serving as the Nautical Science department head at Tabor Academy, I became fascinated by aquaculture and began collaborating with my Marine Science colleagues as well as the Town of Marion Harbormaster shell fishing initiatives. During my Sabbatical year at Tabor I worked with and visited many Massachusetts aquaculture farms. I spearheaded Tabor’s demonstration oyster farm. The Tabor Academy oyster became a student platform for research, community service, marine science, and propagation support for the Town of Marion commercial and recreational shellfisheries.

Little did I know at the time that my passion for and experience in aquaculture would develop into something much, much, bigger. Fast forward past my surviving Hurricane Dorian and the COVID pandemic while living on my Shannon 28 sailboat, I was offered (and graciously accepted) this opportunity to develop a Restorative Aquaculture associate degree program for the maritime education leader, Northeast Maritime Institute. Here I am immersed and impassioned in Fairhaven, Massachusetts developing an exceptional Restorative Aquaculture work force training program for a flourishing aquaculture industry.

Looking for more information?

Fill out our inquiry form to request more information.