Wageningen Marine Research is the Netherlands research institute established to provide the scientific support that is essential for developing policies and innovation in respect of the marine environment, fishery activities, aquaculture and the maritime sector.

Our mission

To explore the potential of marine nature to improve the quality of life

Wageningen Marine Research is an independent, leading scientific research institute conducting research with the aim of acquiring knowledge and offering advice on the sustainable management and use of marine and coastal areas.

Our management

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    We carry out scientific support to policies (50%), strategic RTD programmes (30%) and contract research for private, public and NGO partners (20%). Our key focal research areas cover ecology, environmental conservation and protection, fisheries, aquaculture, ecosystem-based economy, coastal zone management and marine governance. Wageningen Marine Research primarily focuses on the North Sea, the Wadden Sea and the Dutch Delta region. It is also involved in research in coastal zones, polar regions and marine tropical areas throughout the world and in specific freshwater research.


    Wageningen Marine Research has around 200 people active in field surveys, experimental studies, from laboratory to mesocosm scale, modelling and assessment, scientific advice and consultancy. Our work is supported by state-of-the-art in-house facilities that include specialist marine analysis and quality labs, outdoor mesocoms, specific field-sampling devices, databases and models. The Wageningen Marine Research quality system is ISO 9001 certified.

    We collaborate with fellow research specialists; about 20% of our research is contracted to partner institutes in the Netherlands and abroad. Our research is regularly published in international peer reviewed publications. As part of Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen Marine Research has close ties with parts of our university and the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. Both universities cater for Bachelor, professional Master and academic Master education programmes. The institute runs a PhD programme together with Wageningen University & Research.

    Our partners about Wageningen Marine Research

    Jules Verlinden, Innovation Coordinator at SMIT
    The project has resulted in a model which assesses the environmental impact of tugboats. It can be applied all over the world.
    Jules Verlinden, Innovation Coordinator at SMIT