The Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) is a key research centre within University College Cork (UCC). It is part of the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) and is based in lower Cork Harbour on the Irish National Naval Base, Haulbowline Island. CMRC carries out applied and basic research and also works on commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. Centre staff teach on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in UCC and we run tailored short training courses for industry professionals.
CMRC specialises in specific key thematic areas in order to enhance the knowledge of marine and coastal issues in Ireland and abroad. These areas are:
The PISCES project, led by WWF-UK in partnership with The Environment Council, WWF Spain in conjunction with technical support from SeaWeb in France and the Coastal & Marine Research Centre in Ireland ran from 2010-2012 was innovative for its transnational nature, bringing together stakeholders and government officials not just from different sectors but from different Member States, cultures and languages.