National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology (INSTM)


The National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology (INSTM) is a public research institution. It dates back to 1924 when it was founded as the Salambo Oceanographic Station (SOS) and consisted of a research laboratory, a public museum, a library, and a reference collection gathering the different marine species. After Independence (1956), the former name SOS was changed to National Scientific and Technical Institute for Oceanography and Fisheries “INSTOP”. This period was been characterized by the creation of the La Goulette and Sfax annexes and the increasing number of research programs.

In 1992, the INSTOP was transferred from the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture to that of the State Secretariat for Scientific Research and Technology. Since then, the institute name has changed again to become the National Institute of Marine, Sciences and Technologies.

Today, INSTM conducts research programs related directly or indirectly to the sea and its resources : fishing, agriculture, marine environment, sea technologies, oceanography, etc. and contributes to the diffusion of knowledge and education about marine issues and to raising the public’s consciousness for the protection and preservation of the sea and its biodiversity.

Staff and contact

National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology (INSTM)

28, rue du 2 mars 1934 -2035 Salambô – Tunisia

Tel: (216) 71 730 420 – Fax : 71 732 622
Tel et Fax: 73 688 604/73 688

Mohamed BRADAI