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The Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) was established in November 1975 by the Research Institutes’ Establishment Order 1975. The headquarters of the Institute is located on Wilmot Point Road, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. She also has outstations at Buguma (River State), Aluu (Rivers State), Sapele (Delta State) and Badore (Lagos) . The main research departments in the Institute are: Aquaculture, Biological Oceanography, Biotechnology, Fisheries Resources, Fish Technology & product development, Marine Geology/Geophysics and Physical/Chemical Oceanography. There are also service departments and section which include: Administration, Finance and Supply, Information and Documentations, Protocol unit, Planning unit, Technical Services, Staff clinic.

  • Vision

    To Become a world class Centre of Excellence in Marine Science

  • Mission

    Aspiration as a National Fisheries and Oceanography centre of excellence using dedicated, world-class scientists to collect, analyze and provide scientific data and information for the development of scientific products necessary for sustainable exploitation of Nigeria's Marine resources and utilization, coastal and ocean environment for the benefit of our national community at large.

  • Goal

    "To key into the national development goals of food security, poverty reduction, marine environment cleanliness and sustainability"...

NIOMR is charged with responsibilities to conduct research into the resources and physical characteristics of the Nigerian territorial waters and the high seas beyond.
Specific Mandate
  1. Abundance, distribution, biological and other characteristics of species of fish and other marine forms of life and management measures for their rational exploitation and conservation
  2. Improvement of brackish / marine waters aquaculture
  3. Genetic characterization of marine and brackish water culturable fish species including the development of improved strains of fish species culture;
  4. Effective and sustainable management of fisheries resources through improved post-harvest preservation, utilization and storage using profitable technological processes
  5. Physical characteristics of the Nigerian territorial waters, the high seas beyond, topography of the sea beds and deposits on / or under the sea beds
  6. Effect of pollution on the health of Nigerian coastal waters and its prevention
  7. The socio-economic challenges of exploitation of the resources of the sea and brackish water
  8. Global climate change and sea level rise
  9. The improvement of coastal and brackish water fishing and fish culture through the design and fabrication of ecosystem friendly fishing gear types and fisheries implements
  10. The nature of the coastal and marine environment including coastal erosion, monitoring marine hazards, forecasting/prediction and the topography of the sea beds and deposits on or under it
  11. Extension research and liaison services
  12. Provision of technical training in areas of mandate

News & Events

January 28 - 30, 2015
Organized training on Promotion of Commercialization of rice-fish farming in coastal wetlands for food production

March 10, 2015
Launching of NIOMR canned catfish innovation platform


January 28 - 30, 2015
FARA: Training on IAR4D/ IP and the Innovation System Approach

October 10, 2014
FG in conjuction with NIOMR acquires a brand new MFV 36,30 Fishery & Oceanographic Research Vessel called RV. Bayagbona

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One day workshop of MainOne cable Lagos, Nigeria to NIOMR


April 20, 2014
Technical presentation of the    OES/OTEC progress to the Hon    Minister-FMARD, by NIOMR/FOT-K

April 27, 2012
Commissioning of Capital Project by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural development at NIOMR

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Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, 3 wilmot point road Victoria Island, Lagos P.M.B 12729, Lagos, Nigeria.

Phone: + 234 818 100 9444
Email: info@niomr.gov.ng

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