The Marine Science Institute seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- To generate basic information necessary for optimal and sustained utilization, management, and conservation of the marine environment and its resources.
- To provide graduate-level training and extension services to develop human resource requirements in the marine sciences.
- To develop appropriate and environmentally-sound marine-based technologies for industrial and economic development.
The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI) was originally established as the Marine Sciences Center (MSC) with the approval of its charter by the Board of Regents on 28 March 1974. MSC served as the University’s coordinating base for marine research. In June of the same year, the first Advisory Executive Council of the Center was formed with the appointment of Dr. Edgardo D. Gomez as acting Director.
The Center commenced its operations in February 1975 at the building of the U.P. Natural Sciences Research Institute. With its transformation into an institute on 23 April 1985, UPMSI began offering graduate programs. It is now tasked to pursue research, teaching, and extension work in marine biology, marine chemistry, physical oceanography, marine geology, and related disciplines.