Introduction to Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)

This self-paced online course is designed to cover every aspect of an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture ocean system, as modeled by the University of New Hampshire. The course will provide pre-recorded lectures from State permitting agencies, aquaculture professors and researchers, commercial fishing partners, marketers, marine operation experts, seafood market experts, and a restaurateur. The course will cover topics such as local permitting examples (NH & MA), branding and marketing, animal health, system maintenance, and research goals of the UNH model. There will also be opportunities for live virtual interactions through written discussion threads and live video calls. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the concept of Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture
  • Identify the importance of adhering to regulations and permitting laws
  • Recognize the importance of social license as it relates to permitting an aquaculture site, and identify strategies to promote social license of a project
  • Understand the value of cooperating with the fishing community regarding aquaculture
  • Identify key parameters for successful site selection
  • Learn the importance of good design and engineering in open water aquaculture systems
  • Learn the regular daily and weekly tasks necessary for a successful IMTA system
  • Understand the relationship between aquaculture and seafood markets

This program is offered with support from the Center for Sustainable Seafood SystemsNew Hampshire Sea Grant, and UNH Extension.

For more information on UNH's aquaculture efforts, please visit: 


This program is asynchronous (self-paced). 

Materials for week one will be released on June 10, 2024.
Materials for week two will be released on June 17, 2024.
Optional live session dates and times will be confirmed in late May 2024. 

This course is currently unavailable.