The constituent bodies of the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters (IMBRIW) during the last external evaluation were defined as a Centre of Excellence for Fisheries and Coastal Zone and a Centre of Excellence in Management for Inland Waters. The Institute has made important contributions to fisheries research conducted in the Mediterranean Sea since it participates in international research and development projects funded by EU and national resources and provides specialized services on issues related to the assessment and management of fish stocks at the Basin and National scale.In the above context , IMBRIW is part of the European Fisheries Platform and large network projects, such as ERANET Marifish, EUROCEAN and COFASP and has active participation and leading role in all international organizations (GFCM, ICCAT, STECF) dealing with the management of marine resources.

Scientists at the Institute have pioneered the development of tools for assessing the quality of river, riparian zone and wetland ecosystems and participate in pan-European initiatives aimed at establishing ecological assessment methodologies (especially with the use of benthos, fish fauna and vegetation). In this context, researchers at the Institute have been designated as national representatives in EU working groups on Reference Conditions and Intercalibration Exercises for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000/60 ). Also, members of the Institute have played an important role in biomarker development and implementation of the WFD in Cyprus, while a continuous cooperation in this matter has been established with many institutes in various European countries.

IMBRIW is also a centre of research networking for aquatic conservation science both for marine ecosystems and inland waters.  In inland waters the main focus is set at the scale of river basin management. Integrated river basin management approaches include multidisciplinary research and application of managemnt plans often involving many stakeholders at the local, regional and national level.  A special focus and major contribution has been accomplished in Protected Area designation, delineation, management and planning processes.

Finally, IMBRIW is also a place for education, awareness and citizen environmental sensitization. Many students visit our fascilities; interims, undergraduate, post-graduate and post-doc researchers assist us in our labs and in field work. IMBRIW also supports HCMR’s Education Unit a dynamic contribution to outreach at our facilities in Athens and Crete. Lastly, many researchers and scientists at IMBRIW actively work to promote nature interpretation and communication with the public on important environmental issues.