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Rue San Stephano
P. O. Box 534
Liban Nord   LEBANON
Tel : + 961 6 741 582/3
Fax : + 961 6 741 584
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Gaby Khalaf

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
systematics & taxonomy, living resources (e.g. fisheries, aquaculture), microbiology, water quality & pollution, sediments & sedimentary processes

Current major projects
- MAMA (starting date: 2002; duration: 3 years);
- Provision of sustainable safe drinking water for the Palestinian refugees of the Nahr El Bared (starting date: 2005; duration: 1 year).
- CEDRE (starting date: 2001; duration: 4 years).

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 10 others : 2

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 1000 teaching : 50
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 20 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
(we rent boats)
* On-board instruments: CTD, filets, multiparametre, benne
Filed equipment: diving equipment, sediments corers, fluorimetre

Other major research facilities and equipment
microscope à fluorescence, inverted microscope, stereoscope, fluorimetre, AAS Sieves, etc.

Ecosystem types available nearby
rocky terraces, sandy and rocky bottoms

Areas of taxonomic expertise
phytoplankton, zooplankton, algae

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
    small collection of macroalgae, phyto and zoo plankton collection, small collection of local fish, a collection of organisms from the local vermilted terraces and a small collection of representative coastal sand samples

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no

Training courses
yes no

Capacity and brief description of library
about 1000 volumes of local and regional interest, access to documentation unit of CNRS

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes