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The Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute produces films to present its activities or deal with topics related to its research.


The ocean, master of the climate (2015)

Patricia Ricard, President of the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute, interviewe Françoise Gaill, Director of Research CNRS, Scientific Coordinator for the Ocean & Climate Platform, on the role of the ocean in the climatic machinery and the consequences of the climate change.
Film realized by Christian Frasson-Botton et Alain Levraud .

> Interview with Dr Françoise Gaill, Director of Research (8 mn 10s)

The New Issues For The Littoral (2014)
Synopsis :
The scientists of the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute are running several ecological
monitoring surveys in the Mediterranean. The aim is to collect information on
certain sensitive species and areas in order to assess their state of health, ensure
proper management and in certain cases, to propose solutions for the restoration of the marine environment.
This study is focused on various components representative of the biodiversity :
- an emblematic protected Mediterranean species : the fan mussel, Pinna nobilis.
- species of economic interest : the edible sea-urchin, Paracentrotus lividus, and the fishes of the west Toulon area (S.E France).
- The Calanque de Podestat situated in the Calanques National Park.

› View the film (in French, English subtitles): The New Issues For The Littoral (9 mins 30 secs)

Biodiversity : Objective Preservation (2012)
Synopsis :
For the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute, the preservation of biodiversity has always been one of the main focuses of the Institute’s research.

This film shows the work in progress of the Institute’s scientists, with a new dimension in environmental management, that of the restoration of the marine environment:
Natura 2000 : the production of a document presenting the aims of the site Le Brusc lagoon and the shallows of the archipelago of Les Embiez (inventories, ecological and socio-economic analyses, management measures),
-  management of living resources with the Sea Urchin Programme,
-  protection of heritage species such as the seahorse, the fan mussel, the grouper and the Mediterranean cetaceans.

› View the film (in French, English subtitles): Biodiversity - Objective Preservation (9 mins 30 secs)

Sea Urchin Programme (2011)
Synopsis :
For several years, some of the professional fishers in the Mediterranean have been worrying about the increasing rarity of the edible sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus.

At their request, a research programme has been developed by the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute to determine whether it might be possible to find a way to repopulate this species.

The research is focused on:
-  observation of natural populations,
-  production of post-larvae of sea urchin in the Institute’s hatchery on Les Embiez island,
-  experimental releases into the sea.

Genetic studies performed by the laboratory Protee-EB2M at the University of Toulon Sud-Var complete this programme.

› View the film (in French, English subtitles): Sea Urchin Programme (7 mins 30 secs)

The oceanography campaign Mediterranean Biodiversity (Biodiversité de la Méditerranée) (2007) on board the Garlaban produced a survey of the state of health of the Mediterranean. It was illustrated by The Age of the Reserve (Le Temps des Réserves), a film made by Nardo Vicente, Christian Pétron (see photo below) and Christian Frasson-Botton.

A second feature-length film: Marseille, the Resuscitation of a Roadstead (Marseille, une Rade Ressuscitée) shows the commitment of this great Provençal metropolis to sustainable development. This film won the Nausicaa Environment Prize (Prix de l’Environnement/Nausicaa) at the World Underwater Images Festival (2009).