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.

  • Patricia Wilson - Marine Institute
  • Aodhán Fitzgerald - Research Vessel Operations
  • since the fish is mostly head and the head is mostly mouth

    Marine Fact

  • 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:

Marine Data Centre

The National Marine Data Centre collects, maintains and disseminates all information related to marine matters.



One of the most prestigious events in the European maritime calendar is officially handed over to Cork City and Ireland
One of the most prestigious events in the European maritime calendar is officially handed over to Cork City and Ireland
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European Maritime Day 2019, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal from 16-17 May
Research collaboration highlighted at European Maritime Day
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Dr Katie Thomas
New research on Atlantic salmon scale growth
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A swell-tering start to SeaFest 2018, Ireland's national maritime festival, in Galway. Pictured with Doug Allan, renowned wildlife and underwater cameraman are Seren Flavin, age 5, and Amy Sarma, age 7, and Alexander Bocquel, age 3. Photo Jason Clarke.
Marine Institute to showcase science and the sea at SeaFest 2019
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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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