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.

  • comes from the ocean.
  • explore Ireland’s marine resource
  • Primary school lesson plans
  • Building Ocean Knowledge, Delivering Ocean Services
  • Ireland's marine territory covers up to 220 million acres (approx. 880,000km2), an area 10 times greater than our landmass.


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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:


IMDO Q1 2020 iShip index
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Mussel been opened and tested in the Marine Institute lab. Photo Andrew Downes, XPOSURE
From sea to plate - The science behind Ireland’s Seafood
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Shellfish. Photo Fionn O Fearghail
Oceans of Learning focuses on Food From Our Ocean
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Marine Institute Residue Lab. Photo Andrew Downes, Xposure
Marine Institute Cullen Scholarship Programme 2020
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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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