The Academy has had many successes and achievements in its short history. Chief among them has been the garnering and retention of support from many parties associated with the aquaculture industry. That generous support has been in the form of training of staff, provision of equipment and services at zero or reduced cost, workplace learning for students, and financial security to permit the design, construction and equipping of the Academy’s barge.
Student achievements include the following:
- Students gaining confidence in public speaking, such as at a Regional Development Conference in Timaru and at the combined AGM’s of the New Zealand Marine Farming Association, New Zealand Mussel Industry Council and Marlborough Shellfish Quality Programme.
- In 2004 we had our first Academy student achieve a Level 2 National Certificate in Aquaculture and many students are now able to achieve and pass the Level 3 National Certificate.
- Students participating in and realising the importance of the NZMFA’s “Adopt a Beach” clean-up scheme. This also included the underwater clean-up of seabed offshore from Bob’s Bay, Picton.
- Work placements at the Cawthron Institute, NIWA, Sanfords and Marlborough Mussels.
- Study of a potential marine biohazard by a year 8 student, inspired by the activities of the Academy’s students, which led to first prize in the DOC/YHA Conservation Awards.
- Rope companies approaching the Academy to trial their products.
- Students from all three classes being involved in Mussel Family Research, under the guidance of Cawthron Institute personnel.
- The development of a re-circulating water system and genetic analysis equipment from New Zealand King Salmon, in our purpose built wet-lab.
- A number of students have moved into work in the industry at the end of their schooling.
- We have a number of past students who have completed NMIT Dip in Aquaculture
- Other students have gone on to complete more advanced dive and boating qualifications
- MFA scholarship continues to expose top students to a variety of Aquaculture endeavors both in NZ and Australia.