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.

As an integrated marine sciences research institute, IFREMER’s four scientific departments contribute to national research and innovation as well as to the European research landscape.

Ifremer's research supports the deployment of maritime policies : implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) , human and animal health policies, the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), aquaculture and national biodiversity strategies.