Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, United Kingdom.

Director: David Righton

Marine science and technology, innovative solutions for the aquatic environment, biodiversity and food security.  Advice to UK government, international governments and other partners.

Staff: +/- 640 employees

Vessels: CEFAS Endeavour (74m)

Estonian Marine Institute, Estonia.

Science director: Markus Vetemaa

Research to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the Marine sphere in Estonia and the Baltic Sea region.



French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea, France.

Member representative: Philippe Moguedet

Research and expert assessments to advance knowledge on the oceans and their resources, monitor the marine environment and foster the sustainable development of maritime activities.

Staff:  +/- 1464 employees

Vessels: 6 ships, 1 manned submersible, 2 ROVs and 2 AUVs

Hellenic Centre of Marine Research, Greece.

Director: Constantinos Mylonas

Scientific and technological research  in the fields of study and protection of the hydrosphere, its organisms, its interface with the atmosphere, the coast and the sea bottom, the physical, chemical, biological and geological conditions.


Vessels: R/V Aegaeo; F/R Philia; the manned submersible Thetis; the Max Rover, the ROV Super Achilles, the ROV Seabotix.

Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnology

Member representative: Enrico Arneri 

Research in marine science related to marine organisms, marine microbial ecology, technology and innovation, fisheries and aquaculture, integrated coastal zone management, marine spatial planning and sustainable use of resources.

Staff: +/- 150 employees

Vessels: Dallaporta.

The Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, Italy.

Research Director: Giovanna Marino

Scientific, technical research and advice related to several environmental sectors i.e. marine and water environments, soil, air, habitats, ecosystems and biodiversity.


Vessels: Oceanographic vessel ASTREA

Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway.

Director: Oyvind Fylling-Jensen

Applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food research. Supplies internationally renowned research and solutions that provide competitive advantages along the complete chain of value.

Staff: +/- 390 employees


Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment

Head of Department: Didzis Ustups

Scientific research for sustainable use of fish resources in the waters in Latvia (The Baltic Sea, Gulf of Riga and inland waters) through resource assessments, monitoring of fishing fleet, fish processing and aquaculture operations and economic assessment.

Staff: +/- 400 employees


Institute of Oceanography and fisheries, Croatia

Director: Nedo Vrgoc

Research in the fields of biological, chemical and physical oceanography, sedimentology, and fisheries biology and mariculture.

Staff:  +/- 130 employees

Vessels:  BIOS TWO (36m), NAVICULA (10.8m).

Institute of Marine Research, Norway.

Director: Nils Gunnar Kvamsto

Research, advisory work and monitoring to help society to continue exploiting the valuable assets in the sea sustainably.

Staff: +/- 1000 employees

Vessels: G.O. Sars, Johan Hjort, G.M. Dannevig, Kristine Bonnevie. RV Hans Brattström (University of Bergen), Dr. Fridtjof Nansen (Norad), Kronprins Haakon (Norwegian Polar Institute).

Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia, Spain

Director: Javier T. Ruiz Segura

A public research organization dedicated to marine science research, especially in relation to the scientific knowledge of the oceans, the sustainability of fishing resources and the marine environment.

Staff: +/- 700 employees

Vessels: B/O Angeles Alvarino; B/O Ramon Margalef; B/O Francisco de Paule Navarro, B/O Lura.

Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere

Member representative: Maria Anna Martins

Scientific research in ocean and atmospheric science and technology, providing technical and scientific support to the definition and implementation of national strategies and policies in these areas of expertise.

Staff: +/- 414 employees

Vessels: RV Mar Portugal (76m), Noruega (48m); RV Diplodus (18m), Tellina (18m).

Marine and Food Technological Centre

Member representative: Marina Santurtun Mazqiuara

Transforms science into solutions that respond to the great challenges of the sea and food value chain, by developing sustainable products, services and business initiatives aimed at activating the industrial fabric while recovering and preserving natural resources.

Staff: +/- 249 employees


IRD, France.

Member representative: Francois Le Loc'H

Research, expertise, training, and knowledge-sharing to the benefit of countries and regions that make science and innovation key drivers in their development.

Staff: +/- 2050 employees


Marine Institute Foras na Mara, Ireland

Director: Ciaran Kelly

Scientific and technical advice to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resource.

Staff: +/- 170 employees

Vessels: RV Celtic Explorer, RV Celtic Voyager; deep-water ROV Holland 1.

Marine and Freshwater Institute, Iceland

Member representative: Thorsteinn Sigurdsson

Research on marine and freshwater ecosystems, sustainable exploitation of stocks, ecosystem approach to fisheries management, research on fishing technology, aquaculture research and seafloor and habitat mapping.

Staff: +/- 190 employees

Vessels: RV Árni Friðriksson (70m); RV Bjarni Sæmundsson (55m).

Two experimental fish farms.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Denmark

Head of Section: Dennis Lisbjerg

Research, advice, education and innovation in sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources.

Staff: +/- 350 employees

Vessels: Dana, Havfisken.

Marine Scotland

Member representative: Matthew Gubbins

Marine Scotland is a department of the Scottish Government. Its purpose is to deliver integrated management of Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability. The vision of Marine Scotland is to have clean, healthy, safe productive, biologically diverse marine and coastal environments, managed to meet the long term needs of nature and people.

Staff: +/- 261 employees

Vessels: MRV Scotia (68m), MRV Alba na Mara (27m), MPVs Hirta, Jura and Minna and several inshore work boats.

National Marine Fisheries Research Institute

Member representative: Piotr Margónski

The Institute goal is to provide a scientific basis for rational and sustainable exploitation of fish, stable level of life to the people who rely on fishing, and to maintain the natural heritage of the sea for the generations to come.

Staff: +/- 230 employees

Vessels: Baltica

Natural Resources Institute Finland

Member representative: Meri Kallasvuo

Solutions towards the sustainable development of the Finnish bioeconomy and the promotion of new biobased businesses.


Staff: +/- 1288 employees


Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium

Science director: Hans Polet

Multidisciplinary, independent research and advice related to fisheries, the marine environment, blue economy, agriculture and food.

Staff: +/- 650 employees

Vessels: RV Belgica (Belgian government), RV Simon Stevin, Zeekat (Flemish government), Stream, Last Freedom, Aquatrot, Geosurveyor.


Member representative: Bard Wathne Tveiten

SINTEF Ocean conducts research and innovation relating to the ocean space for national and international industry. Our ambition is to continue Norway's leading position in marine engineering and bio marine research. Together with the industry and government, we are developing future-orientated solutions for sustainable utilisation of the ocean.

Staff: +/- 336 employees


Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Germany

Director: Gerd Kraus

Ecological and economic research for the sustainable exploitation of biological marine resources.

Staff: +/- 80 employees

Vessels: Walther Herwig III (63m); Solea  (43m); Clupea (29m).

University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Head of department of aquatic resources (SLU Aqua): Noel Holmgren

Research to increase knowledge and understanding of the Swedish marine, lake and aquatic ecosystems to enhance environmental quality and improved management of aquatic resources.

Staff: +/- 190 employees

Vessels: R/V Asterix; R/V Svea; SLU Aqua Sailor, R/V Hålabben; Elritsan; Klabben.

Wageningen Marine Research, The Netherlands

Director: Tammo Bult

Independent scientific research, advice, sustainable management, use and protection of natural resources in marine, coastal and freshwater areas.

Staff:  +/- 200 employees

Vessels:  Tridens, Isis, Stern, Luctor, Krukel, Harder, Phoca, Asterias (Dutch government). RV Pelagia; RV Navicila; Simon Stevens, Polarstern (NIOZ/AWI).  't Zilvervisje; RIB Scheurrak (WMR).

Wageningen Economic Research, The Netherlands

Member representative: Hans van Oostenbrugge

Social and economic, independent and applied research. Data, models and knowledge offer insights and integral advice for policy and decision-making.


Vessels: n.a.

EFARO & MARE webinar on Social data.

Currently there is a wide ranging discussion on the inclusion of social data in fisheries and aquaculture management, both affecting data collection programmes and the analysis of policy impact.

Date: Upcoming in 2023

Online, open event.

EFARO webinar Blue Bio Foresight and Strategic Knowledge and Innovation Agenda

Date: June 30th, 2023.

Online, EFARO Members only.

Blue bioeconomy strategic research and innovation agenda.

The Blue Bioeconomy ERA-NET Cofund launched a blue bioeconomy research agenda as a result of a foresight implemented in 2022. The foresight was part of Blue Bioeconomy ERA-NET Cofund’s mission of strengthening Europe’s position in the blue bioeconomy, working with facilitators from EFARO.

EFARO on the carrying capacity of the seas and oceans for future sustainable food production.

A publication on current scientific knowledge gaps.

EFARO's discussion paper on Monitoring Offshore Wind Farms.

A research gap and policy brief.

Marine Nature-based Solutions

In 2022 EFARO published a scientific paper on Marine Nature-Based Solutions in order to facilitate a critical debate about the prospects
and pitfalls related to the operationalisation of marine NbS in an EU context, providing an analysis of core definitions, potential categories of marine NbS and a suite of case studies. Here
you will find an extended summary of this paper.

EFARO on innovations in Marine Data collection and consequences for advice and management. See a short video here.

EFARO on challenges facing the blue bioeconomy. EFARO's President and Executive secretary spoke to The Innovation Platform about some of the challenges facing the blue bioeconomy. Interested in this interview? See here.

EFARO Seminar 2020 cancelled. Due to the rapid developments surrounding the CORONA Pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel the EFARO Seminar 2020 on 27th May, Brussels.

For further information, please contact

Curious about EFARO's recommendations on research & innovation gaps and needs beyond Horizon 2020?

See here.

EFARO Seminar: Ensuring the sustainable use of our Seas. Linking the Ecosystem Approach with the quest for a Sustainable Blue Economy.

15 May 2019

Brussels, Belgium

Missed the EFARO Seminar on the 15th of May?

Click here for an impression of the day and the main conclusions.