Wageningen Marine Research (formerly IMARES) is the Netherlands research institute established to provide the scientific support that is essential to developing policies and innovation in respect of the marine environment, fishery activities, aquaculture and the maritime sector. Wageningen Marine Research is:
- an independent, objective and authoritative institute whose aim is to find the right equilibrium between marine ecology, seafood production and maritime economy;
- a key, proactive player in national and international marine research networks (including ICES and EFARO).
We carry out research for both national authorities and specific research programmes (50%), international RTD programmes (30%) and contract research for private, public and NGO partners (20%). Our key focal research areas cover ecology, environmental conservation and protection, fisheries, aquaculture, ecosystem based marine economy, coastal zone management and marine governance.