The biodiversity of plants and animals found in the Irish seas is much greater than one would expect for a small island off the European mainland, and holds great potential for the development of marine functional food ingredients. The Marine Functional Foods Research Initiative or NutraMara initiative is a programme for marine based functional food development established by the Marine Institute and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF). It is supported by funds provided under the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013 and the Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM), to establish a Marine Functional Foods Research programme.
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