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.



Exploring Our Marine - RV Celtic Explorer
Exploring Our Marine with the Marine Institute
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'It's Getting too Hot' Completed artwork by Scoil Realt na Mara, middle classes, Kilkee – Photo credit: Mike Mulcaire
Exhibition showcases student artwork created from marine plastic
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New Phone system Oranmore
Phone System Upgrade Thursday and Friday
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Thomas Furey, INFOMAR, Stephane Crouzat. Ambassador of France in Ireland, Dr Paul Commolly, Marine Institute and Attaché for Science and Technology Marc Daumas visit the Marine Institute Headquarters in Oranmore on the 14th March 2019.
Ambassador of France visits the Marine Institute
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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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