IMBRIW is the leading public research institution in Greece, with a key role in the Mediterranean region and the EU, spearheading fisheries and inland water research.

The mission of IMBRIW is

  • to support the conservation and management of aquatic biological resources, habitats and ecosystems;
  • to provide scientific guidance and services to national, Mediterranean, EU and other International bodies on environmental conservation and management; and
  • to sensitize the public at large on issues related to the conservation of aquatic biological resources, habitats and ecosystems.

The mission of IMBRIW is accomplished through (a) carrying out multidisciplinary and integrated field, laboratory and experimental research, both basic and applied investigations;  (b) monitoring and scientific assessments and predictions of the status of fish and shellfish stocks in Greek waters; (c) ecological quality assessments and monitoring of inland waters; (d) providing advice for the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in Greek and Mediterranean waters; (e) undertaking specific pilot studies, developing new tools and designing management plans on specific issues for national, Mediterranean and EU institutional bodies and (f) disseminating information and knowledge on major achievements through publications and a variety of organized events. To this end, IMBRIW closely co-operates with the other two Institutes of HCMR.

IMBRIW’s geographical scope of activities extends to most European countries, the Middle East and northern Africa.

The main goals of IMBRIW are

the production of knowledge related to structural and functional aspects of inland aquatic ecosystems and the high trophic level components (including fisheries) of marine ecosystems, and the application of this knowledge for integrated river basin and coastal zone management, ecosystem approach to fisheries and biodiversity conservation.

A key element is

the development and application of state-of-the-art tools for ecological monitoring, weather forecasting, hydrometeorological, water quality and ecological modeling.