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

IMBRIW is Greece’s largest public research institute focusing on marine and inland water ecosystems

Our approach

The mission of IMBRIW is to:

  • pursue science-based conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems

  • provide scientific guidance to decision makers

  • supports public awareness and education for conserving marine and inland water environments

Major European Union Policy-Relevant Research

The Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters of HCMR is involved in the National Monitoring Network of the quality and quantity of water by conducting samplings in rivers throughout Greece.

The fisheries data collection program provides the necessary information on fisheries management, knowledge of biological parameters and the geographical demarcation of fish-populations in order to help achieve the objectives of sustainable fisheries.

The Research Vessel (R / V) PHILIA has a length of 26 meters and was constructed in 1986. Its reconstruction and modernization is of high priority as to expand its business activities and to meet the demands of contemporary fisheries and oceanographic research in relation to climate change and to the ecosystem based management approach.

The Institute works with other research organizations to develop a detailed assessment of the state of Greece’s Marine environment, to define “good environmental status” at the regional level and to establish clear environmental targets and monitoring programmes..

Recent Projects

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.


    Fisheries Information System for the Mediterranean & Black Sea Under the umbrella of the MARE/2020/08 “Strengthening regional cooperation in the field of data collection”, the construction of a Regional Database (RDB) for the Mediterranean and Black Seas was funded  (–proposals–mare202008–strengthening–regional–cooperation–area–fisheries–data–collection_en). A web–based integrated fisheries information system will be developed with the aim to: (i) enable reliable scientific advices and support the work of the RCGs, (ii) facilitate the work of the EU Member States, (iii) allow end users to calculate statistical estimates of data tailored to their needs and help to streamline and ease the reporting of Member States on the EU data collection. The corresponding Regional Coordination Groups(RCGs), the Commission, the Member States and the end–users (STECF, GFCM, ICCAT) will cooperate on the creation of the Med&BS RDBFIS. The role of the existing Member States’ dedicated Steering Committee on the RDB will be crucial. The RDB will cover the fisheries of the defined region(s) and will be focused on addressing the fishery management needs related to the European Union Common Fisheries Policy. It is considered as an important tool to enable regional overviews of fishing activities, to optimize data collection and facilitate task/cost–sharing and sampling at the regional level. Partners: – Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR,coordinator) – COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca (COISPA) – Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata “Guido Bacci” (CIBM) – Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell’Ambiente (CNR–IREA) – Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (Ifremer) – Nisea società cooperative (NISEA) For more information visit the project’s website

  • Co-managed NTZ/MPAs

    Co-managed NTZ/MPAs Empowering the legacy of Mediterranean Partners: Scaling up co-managed and financially sustainable No-Take Zones/Marine Protected Areas The program aspires to build on past successful experiences in fisheries co-management and to develop direct partnerships with coastal communities and small-scale fishermen.


    The aim of this project is to improve the National Methodology for chemical status assessment and propose new monitoring programs including new monitoring points and pollutants for measurement.

“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.”

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