The Marine Institute (Foras na Mara) is Ireland's national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). They aim to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland's 220 million acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services; and safeguard their marine environment through research and environmental monitoring.
They are the State agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland.
They carry out environmental, fisheries, and aquaculture surveys and monitoring programmes to meet Ireland’s national and international legal requirements. They provide scientific and technical advice to Government to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resource.
They aim to safeguard Ireland’s unique marine heritage through research and environmental monitoring. Their research, strategic funding programmes, and national marine research platforms support the development of Ireland’s maritime economy.
The Marine Institute was set up under the Marine Institute Act 1991: to undertake, to coordinate, to promote and to assist in marine research and development and to provide such services related to research and development, that in the opinion of the Institute, will promote economic development and create employment and protect the marine environment.
Since then, they have grown from a staff of one to over 170 and their vision is for thriving maritime economy in harmony with the ecosystem and supported by the delivery of excellence in their services.
Strategy & Directives
Their work supports the implementation of a number of EU Directives including the Water Framework Directive, Shellfish Water Directive, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, DCMAP (EU Data Collection Multi Annual Programme) and NATURA.
International cooperation is key to a successful research, development and innovation strategy. Maintaining existing international partnerships and generating new ones, particularly in the new and exciting areas at the forefront of Science, Technology and Innovation, greatly strengthens national capacity and enables Irish researchers and research-based SMEs stay at the forefront of knowledge.
Areas of Activity
Fisheries & Ecosystems
Education & Outreach
Shipping, Maritime & Ports
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