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

AREAS OF ACTIVITY

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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.

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NEWS & EVENTS

Pictured at the launch of SeaFest, Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration, which takes place at the Port of Cork, Cork City from 7 – 9 June are (back l-r) Colum Byrne, Second Lieutenant; Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork; Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute; Cathy Buchanan, General Manager, Meitheal Mara; and Jim O'Toole, CEO of BIM with (front l-r) Lola Grainger (10), Archie Murray (6) and Marvin Grainger (7).
SeaFest launches its biggest free programme to date
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Image 1: "Without the ocean, we wouldn't have a living: it's our only source of income in this rural part of Ireland.Climate change is definitely happening: growth periods are longer than they ever were. But higher water temperatures and higher rainfall could be catastrophic for our business." Oyster and mussel fishermen, Cromane, Co. Kerry. By Róisín Curé
Capturing the Importance of the Ocean for Irish and Welsh Coastal Communities through art
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Dr Liam Carr, Disipline of Geography, Co-ordinator for MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments NUI Galway; Niamh Santry Administrative Officer Marine Spatial Planning at Dept of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Caitriona Nic Aonghusa, Marine Institute. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure.
Marine planners take on Board Game Challenge for ICES Working Group
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Environment Activist and former US Secretary of State John Kerry to deliver keynote address at Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork
Environment Activist and former US Secretary of State John Kerry to deliver keynote address at Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork
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RESEARCH, FUNDING & PUBLICATIONS

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RESEARCH

Information on Ireland's Marine Research & Innovation Strategy 2017-2021

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FUNDING

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

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PUBLICATIONS

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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