The INSTM (Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer) is a Public Research institute placed under the authority of the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries. It conducts research programs directly or indirectly related to the sea and its resources: Fishing, Marine Environment, sea Technologies, Oceanography, etc. transferring expertise and research findings to policy makers and maritime professionals and scientists and contributing to the dissemination of marine culture and public awareness for the protection and preservation of the sea and its biodiversity in Tunisia.
The Laboratory of Marine Biodiversity of INSTM should help to safeguard marine life, its sensitive habitats and biodiversity. For marine turtles, the laboratory manages since 2004 the marine turtles rescue center and the activities of national stranding network dealing with marine turtles and cetaceans (www.rne.tn). The laboratory carries out also the monitoring of marine turtle nesting sites since 1997. The laboratory is executing many studies on marine turtles dealing mainly on bycatch issues.