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.

  • Macdara Ó Cuaig - Fisheries Scientist
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  • Elizabeth Tray - Research Scientist, Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (GMIT) and Marine Institute.
  • 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:


Minister Humphreys announces €25m for six projects through the SFI Research Infrastructure Programme
Minister Humphreys announces €25m for six projects through the SFI Research Infrastructure Programme
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The 1903 shipwreck SS Manchester Merchant located in Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry surveyed in 2019 by INFOMAR’s RV Keary.
Annual INFOMAR Seminar in Dingle to focus on the role of seabed mapping in coastal communities
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Dr Peter Heffernan
Farewell to Marine Institute CEO Dr Peter Heffernan
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The Explorers Education Programme outreach centres recent training held at the Marine Institute, Galway. Photograph Cushla Dromgool-Regan, Camden Education Trust.
Explorers Marine Education Programme seeks Expressions of Interest for Outreach Training Pilot
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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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