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Preserving biodiversity, protecting the water

1987
THE SEA URCHIN AND THE GROUPER UNDER SURVEILLANCE

The Ricard Oceanography Foundation launched the public information campaign ‘Save the Edible Sea Urchin’ (Sauvons l’Oursin Comestible) with the Marine Animal Resources Research Centre (CERAM), in Marseille.
This species is in danger of extinction because of overfishing, poaching and the failure to respect the legislation. With the Inter-regional Maritime Affairs Authority, the Foundation mobilised the fishing industry and the scientific community.

In the end, the campaign led to the protection of this ‘caviar of the Mediterranean’ through an amendment of the legislation.

In 1992, the Ricard Oceanography Foundation supported the action of the Grouper Research Group (GEM - Groupe d’Etude du Mérou). A moratorium banning underwater fishing and line fishing of the grouper was introduced and has been renewed until 2023.

In the 1990s, research focused on other protected species : the fan mussel from 1970 (Port-Cros National Park, Corsica and Malta), gorgonians, etc. Studies were carried out on the trumpet shell (1993), the seahorse and the sea urchin (2007).