INSTM cooperate with several partners:
• Official Authorities of the ministry for the execution of the research projects and the studies which are entrusted to it by the Government,
• The institutions and public companies which have a close link with the sea as well as with the field of protecting the environment [the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Hydraulic Resources represented by the Directorate-General of Fisheries and Aquaculture, the Inter-professional Grouping of Fisheries Products, the National Agency for the Protection of the Environment, the Agency for the Protection and development of the Littoral and the National Company for the Diffusion and Exploitation of Water], with whom it cooperates to conduct specific studies,
• Professionals (in fisheries, aquaculture and valorization of sea products),
• Higher Education and scientific research Institutions to carry out research programs and supervise students.
This coorperation at the national level allowed INSTM:
• To manage more than 20 cooperation agreements,
• To organize more than 10 scientific and popularization seminars at the national level per year,
• To supervise more than 70 students in PhD and Masters programs and more than one hundred students in end-of-studies projects and internships.
Conscious of the importance of and the need for undertaking research in coordination with foreign partners, INSTM maintains scientific collaboration relationships with several partners:
• COPEMED Project for the development and Exploitation of Fisheries in the Western basin of the Mediterranean,
• MedSudMed Project for the follow-up and evaluation of the environmental resources and systems in the straits of Sicily.
UNESCO [Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission] :
• ODINAFRICA Project (Oceanographic data exchange and African network for the oceanographic research institutions),
• Expertise Exchanges.
• Projects for the protection of marine and coastal biodiversity.
• MAMA Project (Mediterranean network to Access and upgrade the monitoring and forecasting Activity in the area),
• MELMARINA Project : Aquiculture development of coastal lagoons.
It is carried out with foreign education and research institutions such as:
• L’Ifremer (French Institute of Research for the Exploitation of the Sea): Project DORAD (Development and Organization of Research for Sustainable Aquaculture),
• T he Cemagref (Center of Agricultural Mechanization, Agricultural engineering, Water and Forests - France) : Research projects in the framework of the CMCU (Cultivation and development of macro-seaweeds, and Study and the follow-up of the littoral hydro-systems),
• T he Research center for Cetaceans (France),
• University of Liege (Belgium) : Project of Technology transfer for the Cultivation and development of micro-seaweed (Spiruline and Dunaliella),
• Universit of Alicante and the Spanish Oceanographic Institute : Project for the development of fishing techniques,
• L’Instituto de Investigaçao das Pescas e do Mar (IPIMAR) and Instituto Nacional de saude (Portugal) : Projects on the Development of the clam fisheries and the Study of toxic micro-seaweeds,
• Universy of Hul itl (United Kingdom) : Project on quality control and follow-up of seafood and sea products,
• The JICA - Japan (Japanese Agency of International Co-operation) : Training in the field of the management of naval research units and the AJIOST Project (Afro - Japanese Institute for Ocean Sciences and Technologies),
• University of Rimouski ( Quebec - Canada ) : Project FORENCO ( Training on coastal and marine environment ) ,
• Several other agreement frameworks are set between INSTM and foreign universities for expertise and data exchange.
This international co-operation allowed INSTM:
• To send 70 Tunisian researchers on missions abroad (year 2003),
• To host 75 foreign researchers (year 2003),
• To organize 10 scientific events on an international scale (workshops, seminars, training courses…).