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.

  • occurs under the sea
  • About a Sustainable Ocean?
  • Thank You to the people of Ireland
  • Watch the Explorers ‘SEA How to Draw’ classes
  • explore Ireland’s marine resource


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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:


Explorers Outreach officer Carmel Madigan shows off the project workbook 'An Ocean of Stories – My Explorers Personal Story' where she will be working with classes remotely in County Clare.
Explorers Team: Creating ocean champions in County Clare
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An adult Atlantic salmon jumping from the water. Picture credit to Mikkel René Andersen
Captive-bred salmon perform poorly in the wild and do not enhance wild populations
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RV Celtic Explorer
Minister Charlie McConalogue confirms funding for new marine research vessel for Ireland in Budget 2021
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The Marine Institute invites you to share your views on Irish seascapes
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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

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