Why Ecocean

Ecocean, world leader of PCC

Ecocean is a pioneering French company that acts and innovates in favour of aquatic biodiversity. Riparian and coastal areas are increasingly affected by human activities and many young fish in shallow areas face a lack of natural habitats. Indeed, in the life cycle of coastal marine fish, post-larvae (newborns) return to the coast and seek habitat favourable to their development (nurseries). However, this habitat is often degraded by human constructions: there is therefore a need to act!

Ecocean is an innovative French company which specializes in developing and implementing radical new technologies for the sustainable use and management of the marine environment. Many years of worldwide research have enabled Ecocean to develop its unique technical expertise, and it is the acknowledged pioneer and world leader in the application of PCC technology.
Today, Ecocean’s activities focus on 4 complementary fields: sustainable rearing, ecological restoration, fishing & rearing devices and diagnosis uses.
Since 2013, our different solutions and processes have been tested in lacustrine (freshwater) ecosystem through research & development projects to compare results with our successful marine works.

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    Sustainable rearing

    The expertise, engineering and transfer of know-how from the post larval fish capture to the implementation of an on-growing farm in order to supply the marine aquarium trade and fish food markets.

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    Fishing and rearing devices

    Our extensive field experience allows us to offer a broad range of robust fishing gear that can be used in both temperate and tropical marine environment, but also in cold and freshwater environment. Ecocean can design and build specific fishing gear designed for the capture of post-larvae but also develop mobile turnkey farming units "wetlab" to raise these post-larvae.

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    Ecological restoration in marine ecosystems

    Ecocean provides innovative turnkey solutions BioRestore (fish restocking) and Biohut® (artificial fish nursery habitat) to restore and preserve marine ecosystems.

  • Diagnostic uses

    Thanks to the expertise and techniques developed by Ecocean, we can participate in improving knowledge on the dynamics and structuring factors of coastal fish communities.

Regulatory framework

NBS in France:

The National Biodiversity Strategy (NBS) aims to preserve, restore and increase living diversity in every area for which France is responsible, on the mainland and overseas. This also extends to the European and international framework, where France can contribute to this mission in the spirit of global solidarity. The objective is to keep ecosystems functioning, adapting and evolving on the long term. To this end, the NBS is promoting the reduction of direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity, sustainable use of living resources and equitable distribution of the benefits which they deliver.

Environmental liability (DRE, 2004)

The European Union (EU) established a common framework for liability with a goal of preventing and remedying damage to animals, plants, natural habitats and water resources, and damage affecting the land. The liability scheme applies to certain specified occupational activities and to other activities in cases where the operator is at fault or negligent. The public authorities are also responsible for ensuring that the operators responsible take or finance the necessary preventive or remedial measures themselves.

Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC)
The aim of the European Union’s ambitious Marine Strategy Framework Directive is to protect more effectively the marine environment across Europe, achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) for the EU’s marine waters by 2020 and to protect the resource base upon which marine-related economic and social activities depend. It is the first EU legislative instrument related to the protection of marine biodiversity, as it contains the explicit regulatory objective that “biodiversity is maintained by 2020”, as the cornerstone for achieving GES.

History of PCC

PCC : Acronym for Post-larval Capture and Culture.

ECOCEAN has developed a unique know-how in the collection and breeding of post-larvae (PCC) for the sustainable development of marine resources and the conservation of the biodiversity of marine ecosystems. Today, Ecocean has become the world leader in PCC technology and has obtained the status of Young Innovative Company since its creation and until 2010. It is also supported by the BPI. Our different experiences in the marine environment have enabled us to develop different exclusive applications in post-larvae capture and breeding techniques. These applications are currently structured around 4 business lines: rational livestock farming, ecological restoration, the sale of fishing and breeding equipment, and diagnostics.


A solution between fishing and aquaculture

The PCC technique is inspired by both wild fishing and aquaculture gathering their advantages without the constraints: diversity of the species collected by fishing and the simplicity for breeding. The collection of a healthy alive fish brings more value than the collection of a dead fish. In addition, if the fish is not collected among genitors but at the post-larval stage, the impact is even more advantageous.

An advantage for the sustainable development

By collecting larval fish before they suffer natural mortality, it makes sense to define the PCC technology as a sustainable technique that preserves marine ressources.