Spanish Institute of Oceanography

The Spanish Institute of Oceanography was created by Royal Decree of 17 April 1914, is a public research organization (IPO) dedicated to research in marine science, especially in relation to scientific knowledge of the oceans, sustainability fisheries resources and the marine environment. The IEO under the Ministry of Science and Innovation, through the Ministry of Research.

The IEO is not limited to conduct basic and applied research, and technology also scientific advisor to the government on matters related to oceanography and marine sciences. In fact, according to the Sea Fisheries Act 2001, the IEO is a researcher and consultant for the sectoral fisheries policy of the government agency. Furthermore, it is the scientific and technological representative of Spain in most international forums and organizations related to the sea and its resources.

The IEO is an autonomous body with legal personality and assets, which has a staff of about 700 people-of which 80% is personal researcher and research-support.

IEO’s budget exceeds 65 million euros and has a wide geographical coverage and important installations. It has its headquarters in Madrid and nine coastal oceanographic centers: A Coruña, Baleares (Palma), Cadiz, Canary Islands (Tenerife), Gijon, Malaga, Murcia, Santander and Vigo; five floors experimental mariculture; twelve tidal stations and a receiving station for satellite images. Your oceanographic fleet of over twenty vessels, has eight major oceanographic ships, among them the Cornide de Saavedra, 68 meters long, and the sister ships of 46 m and Ramón Margalef Alvariño Angeles.

The Spanish Institute of Oceanography carries out basic and applied research in oceanography and marine science research and other services to the scientific and technological development and maintenance of industrial, social and business activities, in order to increase scientific knowledge of oceans and sustainable use thereof is made.

Its basic functions are: - Scientific research in oceanography and marine sciences and multidisciplinary study of the sea. - Advice to the Central Government in its fisheries and marine policy. - Representation of Spain in international fisheries organizations and marine sciences. - Promotion of cooperation in marine regional, national and international research. - Form marine researchers and disseminate oceanographic knowledge. A brief summary of the activities of the IEO includes: conducting quality research in oceanography and marine sciences; represent Spain in international forums related to oceanography and fisheries; studying vulnerable marine ecosystems; develop, coordinate, implement and manage research programs on fish stocks and on marine farming; report on science and technology projects to submit your request and that are related to marine science; study the oceans and continental margins with a multidisciplinary approach; establish and participate in agreements with public and private organizations, both national and international, to carry out research projects and other activities of scientific and technological; participate in international scientific research programs.


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