Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute 50 Years Supporting the Ocean: Tomorrow Starts Now

Paris, June 8, 2016/3BL Media/ –June 8th marks World Oceans Day. Their protection is absolutely essential in preserving the environment and combatting global warming. Oceans have never been under such threat as they are today. As early as 50 years ago, following one of the first incidents of industrial pollution in the Mediterranean, namely the discharge of red sludge off the coast of Cassis, near Marseille, Paul Ricard, along with seafarer Alain Bombard, founded the Oceanography Institute. Its mission: know, spread knowledge and protect the sea.

For the past 50 years, the Institute is carrying out its research in the Mediterranean, considered by scientists as a true model ocean. Its work offers solutions founded on nature for a better relationship between man and sea according to an ecosystemic approach. By being based on nature, it develops comprehensive solutions able to meet global challenges.

In this way, the Institute has continued to conquer new fields of research: studying the quality of inshore waters and campaigning for water treatment plants, quality of swimming water and contamination monitoring, developing aquaculture farms, developing a natural process for breaking down oil spills using marine bacteria, studying the impact of the increase in CO2 on organisms, implementing a ban to protect groupers, experimental nurseries and restoring environments, and biomimetics.

Established in 1966 on the island of Les Embiez, the Institute has today become a research centre of international renown. Its work incorporates the recommendations resulting from the COP21 climate conference, which highlighted for the first time the fundamental role of the oceans in climate regulation: a healthy ocean equals a protected climate.

The Institute is now chaired by Patricia Ricard. A member of the Ocean & Climate Platform, it develops scientific and educational partnerships with French, European and international institutions such as IMBE (Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology), the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Kotor Institute of Marine Biology (Montenegro), the Universities of Pavia (Italy) and Busan (South Korea), the Scripps Research Institute (California), the European Fisheries Fund and the PACA (Provence-Alpes-Cte-d’Azur) region.

In 2016, the Institute is celebrating five decades of commitment and presenting its projects for the future. Two main events will take place in Paris and on the island of Les Embiez:

“The best way to fight is to lead by example” — Paul Ricard, Founder

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