The centre comprises several laboratories with the specific state-of-the-art equipment and SCUBA diving gear that biologists need for their ongoing research. There is also an experimental hatchery and aquaculture facility where various species can be produced and matured in a closed circuit (sea urchins, seahorses etc) where all the physical and chemical parameters of the water can be controlled, from temperature to salinity and dissolved oxygen levels.
Proximity to the sea is a real asset, making it easier for researchers to observe and work in the natural environment from day to day and providing easy access to seawater for aquaculture experiments.
The Brusc lagoon, an outstanding natural space and designated Natura 2000 site, serves as an open-air laboratory and a pilot site for marine research, particularly for developing environmental restoration techniques.
The research centre is currently under renovation. Research Director Jean-Luc Bonnefont explains, “We are now in the process of building more research and innovation capacity in the form of a scientific platform focused on environmental engineering and technology transfer in the marine environment sector”.