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.


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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:


A calm Wild Atlantic Way at Galway Bay
Capturing Ireland’s Blue Carbon Potential
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Galway Bay
Our ocean is key to our future
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Crashing waves, Bray beach, Wicklow. Photo Cr CoastMonkey photography
Ireland can and should be an ocean superpower
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Galway Bay.
The Marine Institute celebrates Ireland’s seas on World Oceans Day, 8th June 2021
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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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