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Team 1: Evolution of Biomineralizations and Adaptations to Environmental Constraints


2013 to 2017

Anthropogenic driven climate change is an increasing global problem. Marine invertebrates, such as molluscs have been highlighted as being particularly at risk under future climate change scenarios due to the acidification and warming of the world’s oceans. It is predicted that their heavily calcified shells will become thinner as sea water becomes more acidic, not only changing their role as a CO2 sink but also profoundly impacting the ecological balance and biodiversity.

Team 2: Reproduction and development of aquatic organisms: evolution, adaptation, regulations


2010 to 2015

7th PCRD Programme "Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology" KBBE-2009-1-2-13, n° 245257

The PRO-EEL project aims at breeding European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in captivity. Reproduction of eel in culture has become a focus research area due a severe decline of natural stocks and an increasing interest to breed eels for a self-sustained aquaculture. PRO-EEL is an international research project supported financially by the European Commission.


2009 to 2014

The key objective of the REPROSEED project is to support the capacity of European hatcheries to respond to an increasing demand for mollusc seed. Hatchery seed production of Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) is already well established, while for other species (Mytilus edulis, M. galloprovincialis, Ruditapes decussatus, Pecten maximus) it remains limited due to market or biological bottlenecks.

Team 3: Adaptations to Extreme Environments


2014 to 2016

The ecotoxicological risks posed by deep-sea mineral extraction are complex and poorly known. Heavy metals, trace metals and Rare Earth Elements (REEs) phases may be subject to considerable alteration in the marine environment during the mining and at-sea processing of minerals. MIDAS will focus on issues related to the mining of minerals, where there is an urgent demand for information.

Team 4: Larval dispersal and communities organization in austral and tropical island systems

Team 5: Diversity and interactions in coastal ecosystems

The EcApRHA project

2015 to 2017

The EcApRHA project (Applying an Ecosystem Approach to (sub) Regional Habitat Assessment) co-financed by the EU DG Environment was a 15-month (December 2015 – February 2017) project, which focused on addressing gaps in the development of biodiversity (pelagic, benthic and food webs) indicators for the OSPAR Regions. In particular, the project aimed to overcome challenges in the development of indicators relating to the MSFD (Marine Strategy Framework Directive 56/2008/EU), such as Descriptor D1 (Biodiversity), D4 (Food webs) and D6 (Seafloor integrity).


2013 to 2014

PEGASEAS project aims to identify and capitalize on key lessons for sustainable governance of the marine ecosystem of the Channel area. The project is based on a cluster of projects: CAMIS, ChanneLIS, CHARM3, CRESH, Licco, MERiFIC, OFELIA, PANACHE, SETARMS, Marinexus and VALMER. The project aims to identify the key elements that have demonstrated better governance, synthesizing these elements consistent advice for practitioners and policy makers to share experiences, communicate to different audiences and provide input to the discussions


2013 to 2015

Le projet RECIF s’inscrit dans le cadre des réflexions et des actions pour l’amélioration de l’écosystème et pour une meilleure gestion des ressources marines de part et autre de la Manche. Pour répondre à ces enjeux économiques, environnementaux majeurs ce projet vise plusieurs objectifs : valorisation des ressources et coproduits marins (coquilles vides), développement de matériaux de construction innovants pour récifs artificiels et mise en place de récifs artificiels pour l’amélioration de la biodiversité et de la production de l’écosystème marin en Manche.