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Mission

The mission of the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute, a non-profit organization, is :
- to develop practicable and innovative research ;
-  to publish scientific information and to render it accessible to the widest possible audience.

L'équipe de recherche est pluridisciplinaire. [Ph. J. Walzl]
L’équipe de recherche est pluridisciplinaire. [Ph. J. Walzl]
Une approche concrète de la vie marine pour des milliers de scolaires. [Ph. D. Planète Mer]
Une approche concrète de la vie marine pour des milliers de scolaires. [Ph. D. Planète Mer]

Ever since its foundation, the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute has spared no expense to achieve its aims.

A RESEARCH CENTRE, A PERMANENT TEAM
The Research Centre is located on the island of Les Embiez (near Toulon, Provence), beside the Le Brusc lagoon. The work of the scientists is focused mainly on coastal ecology, marine biology, aquaculture, combating pollution and the preservation of marine biodiversity. One of the products of the multipurpose hatchery is young sea urchins destined for experimental release into the sea.

The Institute collaborates with public organizations such as WWF-France, the French Research Centre for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER : Centre de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer), the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the national water resources management board for the south of France(Agence de l’Eau Rhône-Méditerranée-Corse) and local government. The researchers also benefit from the support of private sector corporations such as Pernod Ricard, Ricard, Veolia Eau, the bank Caisse d’Épargne Côte d’Azur, Saint-Gobain and Honda France.

The research team received the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences in 1995..

SHARING KNOWLEDGE - KEEPING THE GENERAL PUBLIC INFORMED
The Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute has today achieved recognition for the role it plays in the protection of the sea. Visits to the Aquarium-Museum at Les Embiez, lectures, exhibitions, multimedia productions, publicity campaigns and educational activities all help to raise awareness of the major environmental issues in young people and adults.