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Nat. Inst. for Marine Research & Development "Grigore Antipa"
Blvd Mamaia, 300
900581 Constanta 3 ROMANIA
Tel : + 40 241 543 288/540 870
Fax : + 40 241 831 274
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Eng Simion Nicolaev

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Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning long term monitoring
other: conservation & protection

Main sectors of research
coastal ecology, ecosystem-scale processes & land use, systematics & taxonomy, living resources (fisheries, aquaculture), ecotoxicology, biotechnology, microbiology, hydrological processes, land-ocean interactions, water quality & pollution, environmental impact assessment, environment & health, environmental monitoring (integrated marine physical, chemical and biological monitoring), reginal weather & extreme events, ocean circulation biogeochemical cycles, radioactive processes, sediments & sedimentary processes, ICZM, biochemistry, biodiversity, protected areas, littoral lakes, coastal engineering

Current major projects

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 50 others : 28

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 5000 teaching :
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 120 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
marine radar, MAGELAN GPS, KODEN Echosounder, CTD
Field equipment: scuba diving, equipment for trawling survey, equipment for ichthyoplanktonic studies

Other major research facilities and equipment

Laboratory facilities & equipment: granulometric sieves, technical and analytical balances, UV-VIS SPECORD spectrophotometer, UV-VIS CECIL spectrophotometer, atomic absorption ATI – UNICAM spectrophotometer, HEWLETT – PACKARD gaschromatograph with election capture detector (ECD) and mass selective detector (MSD), HPLC, total organic carbon analyzer, TRI – CARB liquid scintillation counter, ORTEC – NORLAND multichannel analyzer, IOR – ML and MC microscopes, C. ZEISS microscopes

Ecosystem types available nearby
Black Sea

Areas of taxonomic expertise
phytobenthos, phytoplankton, fungi, zoobenthos, zooplankton, ichthyology, mammals

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
ichthyological collection (580 species and subspecies) from following zones of World Ocean :
NW Atlantic (FAO 21), Central E Atlantic (FAO 34), SW Atlantic and adjacent subantarctic zone (FAO 41, 48), SE Atlantic and adjacent subantarctic zone (FAO 47, 48), W Indian (FAO 51), Mediterranean and Black Sea (FAO 37)

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no

Training courses
yes no
workshops, Training courses for environmental professions (in co-operation with Balkan Environmental Association)

Capacity and brief description of library

100 mē, about 30 000 volumes and periodicals on physical, chemical, biological and fishery oceanography, pollution, engineering, varia : titles and authors indices, exchange of own publication "Cercetari marine-Recherches marines" with about 200 institutions from 60 countries, CDS-ISIS 3.0 library software


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


CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes