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.

  • is designed to improve weather forecasts and safety at sea around Ireland.

    Marine Fact

  • Denise Glynn, Chemist Marine Institute.
  • Macdara Ó Cuaig - Fisheries Scientist
  • 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:


European Maritime Day in My Country 2020
European Maritime Day in My Country 2020
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Annual Ocean Climate Survey 2019. Photo by Tomasz Szumski.
Ireland’s Draft National Marine Planning Framework Published
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Glider launched in the North Atlantic as part of EU project
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Visitors to Galway Science and Technology Festival at the Marine Institute exhibition stand.
Marine and climate science on show at Mayo and Galway Science Festivals
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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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