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On the island of Les Embiez (near Toulon, S.E. France), Paul Ricard founded the Oceanography Institute that bears his name, in response to one of the first industrial pollution incidents in the Mediterranean. It is a story for our time, which can serve as a powerful example, as it is of sustainable value and associates scientific research with keeping the public informed.

What’s in a name ?
The Association was founded under the name ‘Observatoire de la Mer’ (Observatory of the Sea) in 1966. It became the ‘Fondation Scientifique Ricard – Observatoire de la Mer’ (Ricard Scientific Foundation – Observatory of the Sea) in 1979, taking its current name ‘Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard’ (Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute) in 1991.