The Institute of Marine Sciences was established in 1975 aiming oceanographic research and to provide graduate level education in marine sciences with the total number of 99 MS graduates and 31Phd graduates in four main divisions
• Chemical Oceanography
• Marine Biology and Fisheries
• Marine Geology and Geophysics
• Physical Oceanography
Institute of Marine Sciences main research ship, Bilim 2s" designs was built in Istanbul and donated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which was launched in 1983 with specifications: Steel hull, Length: 40.36 m, Beam: 9.47 m, Tonnage: 433 gross, 190 net tons, Draft: 3.80 m, Speed: 11.5 knots (21 km/h) max, 9.5 knots (18 km/h) cruising, 1.0-knot (2 km/h) min, Range: 6,500 miles (10,460 km), Propulsion: MWM diesel, 820 hp (611 kW), variable-pitch propeller, Schafran bridge control unit, fuel capacity 120 m3.
The mission includes Parallel developments in marine sciences to obtain the utmost benefit from both the living and non-living marine resources in turkey, to carry out the needed systematic and integrated research based on modeling techniques and observations to allow recognition, conservation and sustainable management of the marine resources; and to be among the foremost in training qualified scientists. The mission is respectful to nature, talented to be able making independent decisions with enriched knowledge.
Total area of Institute of Marine Sciences includes 0.66 square kilometers. Institute owns three research vessels: a 433 gross tons research vessel (RV/Bilim), for ocean research with fisheries and two smaller vessels of 16 m length. The Work Packages and Outputs includes Knowledge Base (WP1); Existing governance structures (WP2); Setting operational objectives (WP3); Management options and evaluation of these (WP4); Risk Assessment (WP5); Cost-benefit Analysis (WP6); Consultation on options and actions (WP7); Practical implementation plan (WP8); Dissemination (WP9); Advisory Committee (WP10).