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The mission of CINAR

is to provide a better understanding of physical and biological processes in the Northeast U.S. Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem, thereby advancing sustainable and beneficial management of its ecosystems and resources.


CINAR's vision

is to serve as a regional consortium of scientists and educators with the skills, facilities and programs needed to fully support NOAA research and management priorities in the region.

CINAR's philosophy of operations

focuses on research and its applications specific to NOAA’s mission and goals, and a range of education and outreach activities to train new scientists, enhance expertise of existing scientists, and communicate research results.


Learn about CINAR's research themes.

The CINAR Consortium

Learn about our regional consortium.

Research Infrastructure

CINAR's facilities and expertise.

The Cooperative Institute of the North Atlantic Region is a regional consortium of eight partner institutions spanning the Northeast U.S. Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem (NES LME), offering a broad range of world-class capabilities to meet NOAA's mission goals in effective and sustainable management of region’s habitats and resources.

IN FISH: An Inclusive NOAA Fisheries Internship Program

In 2023, the IN FISH program sponsored 18 students participating in NOAA’s undergraduate diversity internship program. These students were mentored by NOAA sponsors across multiple labs, as well as CINAR investigators at UMCES, UMaine, and WHOI and participated in ongoing CINAR research at these institutions. Learn more about these mentor-led research projects here. Recruiting for…

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CINAR Fellows in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems Science Announced!

The Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR) is pleased to announce the appointment of four CINAR Fellows in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems Science in 2023: Robert Griffin (UMass Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology), Kathy Mills (Gulf of Maine Research Instituted), Lisa Kerr (University of Maine), and Mei Sato (Woods Hole Oceanographic…

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CINAR application package for FY24 now available!

The NOAA Cooperative Institutes program is now accepting applications for research to be carried out in FY2024. Please visit our proposal guidelines for application instructions and information!  

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