We work across a wide range of areas to ensure the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resource, to improve our understanding and to safeguard it for future generations.
We provide a range of services to ensure the aquaculture industry operates to international best practice standards and in accordance with national and European legislation.
The Marine Institute's Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS) team assesses many of the key commercial fish and shellfish stocks around Ireland.
Our Fish Health Unit is the Competent Authority for the implementation of aquatic animal health legislation and the Irish National Reference Laboratory for finfish, mollusc and crustacean diseases.
We carry out a range of seafood safety programmes to ensure that Irish seafood products supplied to National and International markets are of the highest quality regarding food safety standards.
We provide scientific advice and undertake marine environmental monitoring services to ensure the marine environment is managed in a sustainable manner. These services are carried out by a team of scientific and technical personnel engaged in a range of monitoring and research programmes including phytoplankton monitoring, benthic monitoring and marine chemistry. We also provide advice on the licensing of activities in the marine environment.
Our Oceanographic Services team focuses on the physical properties of the ocean such as waves, currents, temperature, salinity and density while working closely with biologists and chemists to study the ocean in an integrated way.
We aim to increase awareness and understanding of Ireland’s marine resources through our education and outreach activities.
As an island nation, Ireland relies heavily on ports & maritime logistics for facilitating trade and access to important commercial marketplaces. Most of Ireland’s merchandise imports and exports of goods are still transported by sea. The Irish Maritime Development Office is the national development promotional and marketing agency for the shipping services sector.
We are actively engaged in coordinating, supporting and undertaking the mapping of Ireland’s seabed, and developing data services and mapping products to support government needs, research activities, and commercial development.