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A fresh start

2005
PATRICIA RICARD, PRESIDENT

The grand daughter of the founder was made president of the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute. She has been a member of the Board of Management since 1986.

2006
EUROPEAN NATURA 2000 NETWORK

From 2006 to 2010, the Institute undertook the analysis and mapping of the marine habitats of interest to the European community around Les Embiez archipelago, defined as a Natura 2000 zone.
This study provided the baseline for the recommendations presented in the final report document after discussion with all the local stakeholders.

COASTAL ENVIRONMENT
Within the framework of cooperation with Tunisia, a seminar on the state of the coastal environment was held at the International Centre of Environmental Techniques (CITET), in Tunis, with the participation of Dr. Yvan Martin and Prof. Nardo Vicente.

2007
PARTNERSHIP WITH WWF-FRANCE

In 2007, the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute signed a scientific partnership agreement with WWF- France. The programme is focused on the study of Mediterranean cetacean populations; the impact of pollution on the food chains and on marine life; sustainable tourism.

REINFORCEMENTS FOR THE RESEARCH TEAM
Two new junior scientist posts were created for the Centre de recherche.

2008
AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE SPIRULINA

An international symposium: Spirulina and Development was organized at Tuléar (Madagascar) by Dr.Vola Bemiarana of the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Sciences -University of Tuléar, in partnership with the Institute of Research and Development Institute (IRD), and the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute, represented by Dr. Alain Riva and Prof. Nardo Vicente.
Launch of the European programme on the spirulina AlgoHub with fifteen partners (leader : the company Roquette).

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Signature in Tunis of a partnership convention between the National Environmental Protection Agency (ANPE), the Marseille-Provence Cooperation Committee (Comité de Coopération Marseille-Provence) and the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute.

A FIRST WORLDWIDE
For the company Veolia Eau, researchers assessed the impact of discharges of saline water from seawater desalination plants.

FRAGILE MEDITERRANEAN
In 2008, the oceanographic campaign Biodiversity of the Mediterranean (Biodiversité de la Méditerranée) produced a survey of the state of health of the Mediterranean. It was illustrated by a film by Christian Pétron, Nardo Vicente and Christian Frasson-Botton in the series Fragile Mediterranean (Fragile Méditerranée).

In 2009, ‘Marseille, une Rade Ressuscitée’ (Marseille, the Resuscitated Roadstead) highlighted Marseille’s commitment in matters of sustainable development. This feature-length film won the Nausicaa Prize for the Environment (Prix Nausicaa de l’Environnement) at the World Underwater Images Festival.

2009
AN EXPERIMENTAL HATCHERY TO PRESERVE MARINE BIODIVERSITY

The former French minister of ecology and sustainable development, Jean-Louis Borloo, inaugurated the multipurpose Experimental Hatchery, established on the island of Les Embiez (near Toulon) with the support of the bank Caisse d’Épargne Côte d’Azur. This hatchery has produced hundreds of thousands of small sea urchins that have been released into the sea for experimental repopulation purposes. Genetic studies are being carried out on these populations..

MEDITERRANEAN SMALL ISLANDS (PIM)
Ecological research campaign around the island of Grand Rouveau (near Toulon, Provence), as part of the series of conferences on the small islands of the Mediterranean (PIM).

MISSION TO THE TAAF
As a consultative member of Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF - French Austral and Antarctic Territories), the President of the Institute, Patricia Ricard, embarked on one of the scheduled voyages of the research and supply vessel Marion Dufresne to southern Indian Ocean islands of Crozet, Kerguelen, Saint-Paul and Amsterdam.

2010
MARINE LIFE ON THE WEB

The scientific journal of the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute launched an online version: marinelife-revue.fr

FLOWER SHAPED MOORING SYSTEM
For the harbour management company Compagnie d’Exploitation des Ports (subsidiary of Veolia), researchers studied the environmental impact of a new flower shaped temporary mooring system called Fleur de mouillage.

2011
SPONSORSHIP TROPHIES

The Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute and the bank Caisse d’Épargne Côte d’Azur won the first of the Company Sponsorship for the Environment awards in the category Marine Environment. The award was for the development of a multipurpose experimental hatchery on the island of Les Embiez.

MANAGING RESOURCES, PRESERVING BIODIVERSITY
-  The hatchery produces species that are part of the patrimony (edible sea urchin, seahorses) for the purposes of experimental repopulation.
-  A convention was signed with the local Sea Fishing and Sea Farming Committee for undertaking technical and scientific experimentation for the eventual development of a farming facility for the maturation of sea urchins.
-  The Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute developed a research programme on the Mediterranean seahorse for the purpose of acquiring knowledge of this animal, its way of life, its habitat, etc.
Another topic involves developing the reproduction in captivity of the seahorse and transferring this knowledge to aquarium managers or owners and seahorse fishers in countries where this species is in danger of extinction.
The ultimate aim is to propose alternatives to the deliberate catching of the seahorse in its natural environment.

2012
ECOLOGICAL MONITORING

- For the French electricity company EDF, the researchers at the Institute have drawn up an inventory of the fauna and flora of the Calanque de Podestat*, situated in the heart of the Calanques National Park, Marseille.
Since 1930, this calanque has belonged to EDF, which wishes to use it as a laboratory for the observation and preservation of biodiversity.

*Calanque: a long, narrow sea inlet

- With the programme IchTO, the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute drew up an inventory of the fish fauna of the sea bottom to the west of Toulon (S.E. France). In addition to acquiring knowledge, this study provides the means to assess the richness of the fish populations of this territory. What is at stake is aiding the conservation and valorisation of the natural patrimony.

2013
- As part of the ongoing ecological surveying and monitoring work performed by the Institute’s scientists, the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute is leading two new research programmes as part of the bay of Toulon roadstead pollution control plan (Contrat de Baie de la Rade de Toulon n°2). They are focused on the sea urchins and fishes of the sea area to the west of Toulon.

- Another programme has been launched on the post-larvae of fishes in the Le Brusc lagoon, with the aim of restoring the ecology of coastal shallow waters.

- The Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute has also signed a scientific partnership convention with the Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Continental Biodiversity and Ecology (Institut Mediterranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie Marine-IMBE).

- Professor Nardo Vicente, Scientific Counsellor, took part in the international congress on protected marine areas (IMPAC3) in Marseille ; Patricia Ricard, President of the Institute, addresed the economic, social and environmental council on the theme : “What kind of governance for the sustainable management of the ocean ?
At the end of this international event, the “Paris Appeal for the High Seas” (Appel de Paris pour la Haute Mer) was launched, and supported by the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute.