Marine Institute

Marine Institute

Foras na Mara

We are the state agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland.

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We provide scientific and technical advice to the government to inform policy and support the sustainable development of Ireland's marine resources.

  • Aodhán Fitzgerald - Research Vessel Operations
  • since the fish is mostly head and the head is mostly mouth

    Marine Fact

  • Vera Quinlan - Marine Scientist, INFOMAR Programme
  • Building Ocean Knowledge, Delivering Ocean Services
  • by the Marine Institute in Industry-Led Marine Projects


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The Marine Institute’s primary role is to undertake and co-ordinate marine research and development.
We also provide a number of services to promote economic development and create employment around the marine environment.
Find out more about any of primary areas of activity below:

Marine Data Centre

The National Marine Data Centre collects, maintains and disseminates all information related to marine matters.



Data management team at the Marine Institute Photograph Andrew Downes
Marine receives international accreditation for its new Data Management Quality Management Framework
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Alan Berry from the Marine Institute talked to children about the importance of engineering used in for SmartBay Observatory in Galway Bay, where children got to observe marine life and activity under our ocean.
Pasta Pressure - Engineering our Future Generation through Games
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Dearthóirí loinge Ioruacha ar bord chun árthach nua taighde mhuirí na hÉireann a dhearadh. Pictured (LtoR) Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO, Marine Institute, Hans Ove Holmoey, Managing Director, Skipsteknisk AS. Photograph Jason Clarke
Dearthóirí loinge Ioruacha ar bord chun árthach nua taighde mhuirí na hÉireann a dhearadh
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Roni Hawe from DAFM, Marine Programmes Division, Sarah Clarke and Oliver Tully of the Marine Institute
The Shellfish Stocks and Fisheries Review available at Irish Skipper Expo
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Information on Ireland's Marine Research & Innovation Strategy 2017-2021

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View all the latest research funding opportunities in the Irish marine sector

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View corporate and scientific reports, peer reviewed articles and conference papers

Working With Us

We believe our people are our greatest asset. Find out more about opportunities to work with the Marine Institute.
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