Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) is the largest research foundation for marine sciences in Greece and one of the largest in Europe.
Over the course of the last 60 years it has offered huge scientific study work on the Greek seas and their ecosystems, pollution consequences, the quality and quantity of fish reserves, aquaculture techniques, sea water ecosystems etc. At the same time, it has recorded thousands of aquatic invertebrates, fish and planktonic organisms thereby mapping the huge biodiversity of the Greek seas. The foundation is divided into three scientific institutes: The Institute of Oceanography, the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology &Aquaculture and the Institute of Marine Biology Resources & Inland Waters.
The HMRC is hosted at the “Thalassokosmos” complex in Gournes, Heraklion and supports and complements the research and operation of CretAquarium.