The Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER, English: French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) is an oceanographic institution in France.
Ifremer focuses its research activities in the following areas:
- Monitoring, use and enhancement of coastal seas
Monitoring and optimization of aquaculture production
Exploration and exploitation of the oceans and their biodiversity
Circulation and marine ecosystems, mechanisms, trends and forecasting
Engineering of major facilities in the service of oceanography
Knowledge transfer and innovation in its fields of its activities
In 1985, Ifremer partnered with Dr. Robert Ballard for an ultimately-successful expedition to locate the wreck of the RMS Titanic. In 1994 Ifremer assisted in the salvage of the cargo from the SS John Barry.
Ifremer operates a number of vessels, including the submarine Nautile.
In 2008, Ifremer partnered with Dr. Bruce Shillito for the testing and initial operations of the PERISCOP, a deep sea fish recovery device.