IFREMER is a French institute that undertakes 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.

IFREMER was created on 5 June 1984 when CNEXO and ISTPM merged.

Its missions were to conduct and promote basic and applied research as well as expert assessments and technological and industrial developments to:

  • Study, assess and develop the ocean’s resources and their sustainable use,
  • Improve methods to monitor, forecast and build stewardship to protect the oceans and enhance the value of the marine and coastal environment,
  • Foster the socio-economic development of the maritime sector.

Some 30 years after its creation, IFREMER continues to pursue these very same goals.