Dr. Peter Heffernan
 +353 (0)91 387200

Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is the State agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation. We support the sustainable development of Ireland’s vast marine resource through research, monitoring, strategic funding programmes and national marine research platforms.

We carry out research aligned to statutory monitoring programmes to safeguard Ireland’s marine environment, ensure seafood safety, and meet national and international requirements. We also provide scientific and technical advice to Government to help inform policy, resource management and licensing decisions. We promote, co-ordinate and catalyse marine research, guided by national and European research strategies.

Our research supports the work of development agencies to maximise the economic potential of existing and emerging marine sectors. We support the development of the emerging ocean energy sector through oceanographic, seabed mapping, data
management and other technical services. 

Our laboratory facilities, and unique catchment and climate change research facilities are complemented by Ireland’s national multi-purpose research vessels – RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager, and an unmanned submarine, ROV Holland 1.
In partnership with SEAI we operate two ocean energy test sites, a quarter scale wave energy test site and the planned full scale Atlantic marine energy test site.

Research areas:

  • Fisheries and aquaculture including ecosystems approach to managing resources
  • Marine environment and seafood safety
  • Biodiscovery and functional foods
  • Physical and chemical oceanography
  • Renewable ocean energy

Research performed by:

  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • NUI Galway
  • Maynooth University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • University of Ulster
  • The Marine Institute also collaborates with national funding agencies with overlapping interest areas,  for example, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Environmental Protection Agency, Teagasc, Udarás na Gaeltachta, Geological Survey of the Ireland, Met Eireann, Science Foundation Ireland, and Inland Fisheries Ireland.