PCC, a promising solution

Struggle against ecosystem impoverishment

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.

The PCC: a sustainable alternative to overfishing

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.

  • Principe:

    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.

  • Objectives:

    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.

  • Results:

    PCC enables fisheries managers to conserve the future genitors and preserve the biodiversity of the marine area, while obtaining healthy and high quality fish.


  • Users:

    • 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.

    • Marine theme parks and public aquaria worldwide.