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Aquarium

On the island of Les Embiez (near Toulon, S.E. France), the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute Aquarium, open to the public, is home to over a hundred Mediterranean species. The aquarium serves as a tool to provide information for the general public and for observation by scientists. The facility also houses a museum and a library.

A founder member of the Union of Aquarium Curators (UAC), the Institute was responsible for the founding of the European Union of Aquarium Curators (EUAC).

Preservation of biodiversity

Preservation of biodiversity

Numerous animals reproduce in the Aquarium’s tanks : fishes such as scorpion fish, sea bass, gilt-head seabream, damselfish, goby and other rarer and protected species. The adaptation of these animals is evidence of the quality of the environment and the way they are cared for.
Seascape aquariums

Seascape aquariums

The underwater landscapes carefully reconstituted in the Aquarium’s tanks present the specific features of the various Mediterranean biotopes. These seascape aquariums show visitors the fascinating variety of their shapes and colours.
Regular residents

Regular residents

The species on show do not constitute an exhaustive inventory of Mediterranean underwater flora and fauna. The choice is focused on representative species characteristic of the littoral of Provence that can be observed while diving.
Unusual residents

Unusual residents

The population of the Aquarium is constituted of species living in the north-western Mediterranean, most of them frequent in the waters around the island of Les Embiez. But the scientists also run into less common species, some of which conserve their aura of mystery.
Open hydraulic system

Open hydraulic system

One of the particular features of the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute Aquarium is that it functions as an open hydraulic system. The fishes live permanently in seawater of very high quality, which is in every way similar to the water of the neighbouring natural environment.
The Mediterranean Museum

The Mediterranean Museum

Situated on the ground floor of Saint-Pierre fort on the island of Les Embiez, the Museum is dedicated to Mediterranean marine organisms, their habitats and the relations between man and the sea in the north-western Mediterranean.
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