Since the 1950’s, the number of endangered marine species has continued to grow and the natural capital of fish has declined sharply. The causes of this phenomenon are numerous: among them are pollution, habitat destruction, climate change, the emergence of invasive species, and of course the over-exploitation of marine resources, whose actual rate exceeds the optimal rate by a factor of three to four. Some scientists even predict that by 2050 almost all marine fish stocks will be gone!
Currently, over 50% of commercial species are exploited to their maximum sustainable yield, and 32% are considered overexploited, depleted or recovering. Every day, humanity demands increasingly more from this limited and endangered resource. As a result, simple conservation of natural resources, and particularly marine resources, is not enough to redress the balance. Positive efforts must be made to actively repair our marine ecosystems.
Local collectivities, industrials and coastal developers must address many marine ecosystem issues. They will need to integrate environmental technologies into the design of their coastal infrastructures to enhance ecological functions and reduce the structures’ ecological footprint. Ecocean is working to develop solutions to make coastal infrastructures serve the biodiversity or at least limit their impacts. Environmental constraints related to fisheries resources will have to be considered as soon as the project conception.
To stop the decline in biodiversity, the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) requires European countries to identify targets and produce effective solutions for marine environment restoration. In accordance with the directive, and also the recommendations of the “Grenelle de la Mer” (a multi-stakeholder accord on the future of the marine environment), the French government wishes to reduce biodiversity losses, improve knowledge of marine ecosystems and propose operational solutions.
A floating farm !? what’s this ? As its name suggests, it’s a farm, with cows, that produce good organic milk … but on the water! And of course we have installed #Biohut! It is located in the heart of the port of Rotterdam! Last week, Ecocean was able to equip 4 Biohut and 2 […]
A report on our farm in Marseille, on Al-Jazeera at Port de Marseille-Fos. As a bonus, spotlight on two of our fishermen in the video. #Biodiversity #Restocking #Fish #Mediterranean
This week, 4 Biohut were installed in the Port of Rotterdam. This is a test phase to validate the efficiency of the process in this very special environment: the Port of Rotterdam is the largest commercial port in Europe and the eighth in the world in terms of traffic. Located in the North Sea at […]
Here are the last photos from the floating vegetalized raft implemented on the Serre-Ponçon Lake for 6 months now. Juveniles of perch and pike were observed around our Biohut and in the aquatic vegetation. You can also observe the evolution of the terrestrial vegetation of the Biohut in the middle of an exceptional setting! Thanks again to […]
16 Biohut have been installed yesterday in Port de l’Arsenal in Paris, half of them displaying a new design meant to specifically provide spawning grounds for fish to lay their eggs. Ecological monitoring will be lead conjointly by Ecocean and Paris municipality canal department. The excellent visibility allowed our photographer Remy Dubas to take some […]
In 2016, four Biohut were attached to the bank of a floating garden in the middle of Rotterdam. After one year of installation, a diver from Ecocean went to see what species were to be found in our first dutch artificial nurseries. Despite having only 20 cm of visibility, he was able to observe several […]
The UROS project, which aims to restore the spawning and nursery areas functions in alpine lakes undergoing high artificial tidal range, is in its start-up phase. Last Friday Gilles Lecaillon, Sébastien Fonbonne and our project partners from the IRSTEA / ONEMA cluster of Aix en Provence and the Alpine National Botanical Conservatory were on Lake […]
BioRestore®: It is a comprehensive process of post-larval capture, culture, rearing and restocking on temporary habitats.
“In 2014 the National Aquarium (Aquarium) was introduced to a French based company Ecocean and their Biohut technology. Soon after, the newly found partnership led to the launch of a Biohut Pilot Project in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland (United States). This was a first for the Aquarium, launching artificial oyster reef habitat within […]