Post-larval Capture & Culture is a technology developed for more than a decade by Ecocean. It consists of capturing post larvae in the open ocean, rearing them in tanks, and using them for restocking or for commercial sale. It’s a powerful new alternative to overfishing in the developing countries and in the Small Islands Developing States. PCC minimizes the collection of wild fish and therefore offers an immediate and acceptable solution to the degradation of marine ecosystems. Prohibiting the capture of wild fishes is often impossible because of the many stakeholders involved, and also hits the poorest people the hardest. Therefore it is preferable to offer fishing communities a viable alternative to fishing bans and quotas.
This is why PCC has the support of leading marine and environmental scientists; our technology is supported by the Man and Biosphere Program (MAB/UNESCO) and certified as Good Practice by ICRI.
PCC consists of capturing an insignificant proportion of pelagic post-larvae fishes and invertebrates before the high mortality phase during the settlement process. More than 95% die within the first week of their return, mainly due to predation or lack of adapted habitats. Post larvae gathered in the open ocean before this mortality event are an abundant, diversified and unexploited natural resource.
To obtain, after just a few weeks of rearing, tank-raised fish suitable for the marine aquarium market (ornamental fish), for aquaculture (food fish), and for restocking of coastal fisheries.
PCC enables fisheries managers to conserve the future genitors and preserve the biodiversity of the marine area, while obtaining healthy and high quality fish.
Private sector companies already involved in the marine aquarium market, who want to offer ornamental fish from an eco-friendly, clean and sustainable supply source.
Young and motivated entrepreneurs from developing countries who wish to develop their own fish production using PCC.
Governments and fisheries authorities who want to promote a new solution for effective and sustainable exploitation of their marine resources.
NGOs concerned with safeguarding the marine environment and the people who depend on it for a living.
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
1ers suivis dans le port danois avec une belle biodiversité de petits poissons…
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 […]
Immersion totale sous l’eau à La Ciotat lors des relâchés des poissons de la ferme de Marseille – Projet Casciomar
Vidéo de présentation du quotidien d’Ecocean sur 1 trimestre – Episode 1
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 […]