Fishes in the ocean
8 June 2020

World Oceans Day: French Research Institute for the Marine Environment (Ifremer) supports better marine resource management

To mark World Oceans Day, Élisabeth Borne, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Didier Guillaume, Minister of Agriculture and Food, signed Ifremer’s new contract of objectives and performance with the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer, François Houllier. Structured around six main objectives, this contract of objectives will serve as a guideline for the Institute until 2023.

The contract of objectives and performance, which resulted from the Institute project "Horizon 2030" adopted at the end of 2018, sets out the commitments of Ifremer and its supervisory ministries over five years. Following a joint effort by Ifremer and its supervisory ministries, the Institute project announced the Institute’s ambition for the next decade. The contract defines this strategy around six objectives organised into 43 actions and some twenty indicators.

A hallmark of the Institute is its triptych of activities – scientific and technological research, expertise in supporting public policies, and innovation in partnership with business – which pursues three main goals:
  • sustainable management of marine resources;
  • protecting and restoring marine ecosystems;
  • sharing marine data and information.

Objective 1: understanding and predicting changes in the ocean by 2100

This is the scientific goal that Ifremer has set out to achieve by 2030 in the context of global changes. Six major fields of science are specified, from studying the interface between the ocean and the lithosphere to analysing marine socio-ecosystems and ocean modelling.

Objective 2: mobilising scientific knowledge and developing expertise to support public policies

The Institute mobilises its scientific and technical expertise to inform and support public policies in France and in Europe, such as the Common Fisheries Policy, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and marine renewable energies.

Objective 3: being an innovative organisation, a driver of development for the maritime economy

The Institute is committed to diversifying and strengthening its partnerships with businesses in the maritime sector, in which many segments are showing higher growth potential by 2030 than the global economy as a whole.

Objective 4: deriving maximum benefit from a unified oceanographic fleet serving all users

Since 1 January 2018, Ifremer has been the sole operator of the French oceanographic fleet. The main challenge is to finalise and implement a multiannual plan for renewing ships and underwater vehicles.

Objective 5: being a visible and recognised institute on European and international scales

As shared assets, the ocean and knowledge are at the heart of a dense web of bilateral and multilateral interactions. Major involvement with European and international research programmes, the continuation of close partnerships with Germany and Japan and the development of the Institute’s Overseas facilities will help strengthen Ifremer’s reputation around the world.

Objective 6: an approach geared towards improvement in managing the institution and the use of its resources

In addition to improving its budgetary planning and quality management system, the Institute will develop the forward-looking management of its skills. Being aware of its social responsibility and the need to set an example, Ifremer will build closer dialogue with citizens.
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About Ifremer
Recognised throughout the world as one of the leading institutes in marine science and technology, Ifremer is focused on furthering sustainable development and open science. It conducts research, innovates and provides expertise to protect and restore the ocean, exploit its resources responsibly and share marine knowledge and data in order to create new opportunities for economic growth that respects the marine environment.

With a presence on every coast in mainland and Overseas France, its laboratories are located across some twenty sites spanning the three major oceans: the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic and the Pacific. On behalf of the State, it operates the French Oceanographic Fleet to the benefit of the national scientific community. It designs its own state-of-the-art vehicles and equipment for exploring and observing the ocean, from coastal waters to the open sea and from the ocean depths to the ocean’s interface with the atmosphere.

Open to the international scientific community, its 1500 researchers, engineers and technicians are advancing knowledge of one of the last unexplored frontiers of our planet; they are helping to inform public policy and innovation for a sustainable blue economy. Their mission is also to raise public awareness of maritime issues.

Founded in 1984, Ifremer is a Public Industrial and Commercial Establishment (EPIC) with a budget of around €240 million. It is placed under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI), the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition (MTES) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MAA).