Since the foundation of the Institute in 1982, economic research has represented an important component of its activities. In the last 25 years, a wide number of national and European research programmes have been developed. This activity has allowed the Institute to acquire a leadership role in the European and international research network.
Research activities are carried on to support a sustainable exploitation of marine resources by promoting, planning and developing studies and researches in fisheries and aquaculture sectors. In collaboration with research centres specialized in different disciplines of marine science, socio-economic analysis is integrated with biological and environmental inputs within an interdisciplinary and ecosystem approach.
The research programmes, most of them developed by the Institute in collaboration with national and international partners, include both theoretical and applicative issues. In this context, the Institute has always devoted itself to the implementation of researches directed at supporting the public administrations involved in the planning and management of fishing activities and the preservation of biological resources.
Traditionally, bio-economic modelling, quantitative methods for the evaluation of public strategies of intervention, the impact assessment of biological and environmental factors on the socio-economic system, the definition of socio-economic indicators for an ex-post evaluation of management policies and the assessment of fisheries and aquaculture impacts on local economies have represented the main research areas of the Institute.