Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research


Thursday 13 January 2022
'From Sea to Society' project awarded
Within the KIC call ‘Aquatic food production’, two research projects have been awarded funding. Consortia of researchers, companies and public organisations will carry out research into the production of biomass and protein-rich food in the sea. NIOZ…
Thursday 16 December 2021
NWO Open Competition Domain Science - XS award for research on plastic degrading fungi
NIOZ scientist Annika Vaksmaa received this grant for her research on plastic degrading fungi in mangroves. It is one of 26 groundbreaking research projects launched via the Open Competition Domain Science - XS. This category emphatically strives to…
Thursday 16 December 2021
2 Veni-grants for NIOZ researchers
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth 280,000 euros to 2 highly promising early career NIOZ scientists. The grant provides them with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a…
Wednesday 08 December 2021
Contruction of RV Wim Wolff looks like a jigsaw puzzle
After a tendering procedure last winter, Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Harlingen was chosen as the yard to build RV Wim Wolff. They have asked subcontractors Dijkstra Metaalbewerking in Harlingen, KB Alubouw in Makkum and Alubouw Fryslan in Franeker to…
Wednesday 08 December 2021
RV Adriaen Coenen takes on its final shape
The construction of RV Adriaen Coenen at Next Generation Shipyards is proceeding well and according to plan. Now that the upper deck and the wheelhouse have been placed, the ship is taking on its definitive shape. The outside is being finished and on…
Wednesday 08 December 2021
Stranding of puffins in the Netherlands continues
In early December 2021, an unusual stranding of dead and weakened Atlantic Puffins Fratercula arctica started on the Dutch coast. Specimens washed ashore on all Wadden Islands, but also scattered along the mainland coast and in Zeeland. Because this…
Wednesday 08 December 2021
Baleens read like a whale's history book
By chemically analyzing sequential samples from the baleen of dead whales, it is possible to read not only the history of the diet, but also the migration route of the animals. In the latest issue of the journal Royal Society Open Science, NIOZ…
Tuesday 07 December 2021
’North Sea Transition in Harmony’ connects indispensable stakeholders
For the first time, a trans-disciplinary research programme has been proposed to bring together all sectors with an interest in creating a sustainable legacy for activities in the North Sea. A new ‘Blue Route’ consortium wants to start a long-term…
Tuesday 07 December 2021
High tech underwater gliders provide scientists with latest ocean and climate change information
For the community of marine researchers in the Netherlands, the Royal NIOZ, Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, is obtaining three new gliders, which enable very detailed ocean water research for longer periods of time. Professor in Marine…
Wednesday 01 December 2021
Dolphins perform special spin dive when hunting deep prey
Risso’s dolphins have been observed to perform a rapid sprint coupled with a spin when starting a dive, even though this highly energetic movement costs considerably more energy than normal, much slower dives. A team of researchers has discovered…