The Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER; English: French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) is an oceanographic institution in France.

French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer
Agency overview
Preceding agencies
  • CNEXO: Centre National pour l'Exploitation des Océans (English: National Centre for the Exploitation of the Oceans)
  • Institut Scientifique et Technique des Pêches Maritimes (English: Scientific and technical institute for marine fisheries)
HeadquartersIssy-les-Moulineaux, France
Annual budget213 million euros[1]
Agency executive
  • François Jacq, Président directeur général (CEO)

Scope of works

Ifremer focuses its research activities in the following areas:

  • Monitoring, use and enhancement of coastal seas
  • Monitoring and optimization of aquaculture production
  • Fishery resources
  • Exploration and exploitation of the oceans and their biodiversity
  • Circulation and marine ecosystems, mechanisms, trends and forecasting
  • Engineering of major facilities in the service of oceanography
  • Knowledge transfer and innovation in its fields of its activities

In 1985, Ifremer partnered with Dr. Robert Ballard for an ultimately-successful expedition to locate the wreck of the RMS Titanic. In 1994 Ifremer assisted in the salvage of the cargo from the SS John Barry.

Ifremer operates a number of vessels, including the submarine Nautile.

In 2008, Ifremer partnered with Dr. Bruce Shillito for the testing and initial operations of the PERISCOP, a deep sea fish recovery device.[2]

Ifremer centres

Ifremer is located in 26 sites, including 5 main centres (Boulogne, Brest, Nantes, Toulon et Tahiti), a headquarters (Issy-les-Moulineaux). About twenty research departments are associated to these centres :

See also

Media related to Ifremer at Wikimedia Commons

Notes and references

  1. Ifremer: Presentation of the Institute
  2. Lever, Anna-Marie (31 July 2008). "Live fish caught at record depth". BBC News. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  3. French Décret n°2009-33 about Université Lille Nord de France

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