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.

  • Jennifer Doyle, Fisheries Scientist
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    Marine Fact

  • Paula Hynes – Phytoplankton Analyst, 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:

Marine Data Centre

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



Recovery of the ROV Holland 1 during the UCC-led survey on the RV Celtic Explorer. Photo: Kennedy Browne.
Artists Kennedy Browne join RV Celtic Explorer for Galway 2020 project
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Brian Doyle
Cullen Fellow research on the carbon cycle at Burrishoole catchment
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Bluefin Tuna, Donegal Bay. Photo courtesy of David Morrissey and Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Pilot Programme for Bluefin Tuna Data Collection
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Exploring Our Marine - Ray's and Skate's
Exploring Our Marine with the Marine Institute
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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

Working With Us

We believe our people are our greatest asset. Find out more about opportunities to work with the Marine Institute.
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