The Institute

A pioneer in ocean science, IFREMER’s cutting-edge research is grounded in sustainable development and open science.

Our vision is to advance science, expertise and innovation to:

  • Protect and restore the ocean
  • Sustainably use marine resources to benefit society
  • Create and share ocean data, information & knowledge.

With more than 1,500 personnel spread along the French coastline in more than 20 sites, the  institute explores the 3 great oceans: the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A leader in ocean science, IFREMER is managing the French Oceanographic Fleet and its dedicated scientists create ground-breaking technology to push the boundaries of ocean exploration and knowledge, from the abyss to the atmosphere-ocean interface.

Well-established in the international scientific community, our scientists, engineers and technicians are committed to advance knowledge about our planet’s last unexplored frontiers. They provide the science we need for informed decision-making and public policy and they transfer this knowledge and technology to businesses to fulfill public and private needs. Core to our mission is also to strengthen public awareness about the importance of understanding the ocean and its resources, and empowering future generations of leaders through education and outreach national campaigns.

Founded in 1984, IFREMER is a French public organization and its budget approximates 240 million euros. It is operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the French Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition, and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food.


The history of IFREMER is the merger of two worlds: That of marine fisheries and that of oceanography...


A Scientific Board, four Scientific Departments, 5 Centres, Operations and Scientific Support Divisions


IFREMER is involved in many scientific partnerships at the regional, national and international levels.

Reference documents

Annual report, Objectives contract, Strategic plan

Quality Management

IFREMER’s quality management is ISO 9001 certified


IFREMER contributes to national research and innovation, as well as to the European research landscape.

Europe and International

IFREMER has a large spectrum of activities and expertise in the maritime sector, which ensures its visibility and reputation on European and international levels.

Library and publications

The La Perouse Library, a joint facility shared by the UBO, IFREMER and IRD & Archimer – IFREMER’s institutional archives