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1977
FIRST RESEARCH CONTRACT

At Les Embiez, the Ricard Oceanography Foundation was associated with the CNEXO* programme Ecotron, focused on monitoring the production of living matter in the littoral zone.
The research team obtained its first research contract (1977) and earned the recognition of the scientific community.

In 1980, the CNEXO sent the Institute to put its research into application for the aquaculture facility at the Pacific Oceanology Centre, in Tahiti.

*Centre National pour l’Exploitation des Océans (CNEXO - national centre for the exploitation of the oceans) later the Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER – French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea).

1979
LIVE WITH THE SEA
 
The mobile exhibitions designed with the architect Jacques Rougerie, Inhabit the Sea (Habiter la Mer) (1979-1985), then Live with the Sea (Vivre avec la Mer) (1986-1993), under the patronage of five ministries, attracted more than a million visitors.
Jacques Rougerie : “With the Ricard Oceanography Foundation, we have passed on to the general public a message announcing the opening up of new perspectives in the relations between man and the sea with regard to its knowledge, exploitation and management.

THE SEA AND THE CHILDREN
The Ricard Oceanography Foundation launched the drawing competition The Sea and the Children (La Mer et l’Enfant) with the French state education authority (Éducation Nationale) and the French Federation of UNESCO Clubs (Fédération Française des Clubs UNESCO).
Placed under the auspices of the United National Programme for the Environment and the World Festival of Underwater Images (1991), the competition took on an international dimension and was renamed Young People and the Sea (La Jeunesse et la Mer), then Help the Water, Help Life (Aidons l’Eau, Aidons la Vie).

MARINE LIFE
Professor Nardo Vicente launched the scientific journal Vie Marine, later Marine Life (1992).