CIRCE

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Design and Immersion of artificial reefs to restore the Cystoseira habitats

The shallow littoral zone, between 3 and 15 metres deep is extremely vulnerable and heavily impacted by human activity: alterations, usage (fishing) or pollution. The main objective of this project is to restore the sea beds where sea grasses have been damaged by these activities.

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This project involves the design of artificial reefs which support Cystoseira, in order to create shallow water habitats between 3 and 15 metres deep to restore the particularly rich habitat of the Mediterranean: the Cystoseira forests.

The different phases of the project are:

  • The design of light modular reefs tested in wave channels to evaluate their hydrodynamic resistance.
  • The immersion of reefs in two pilot zones (Fishing areas of Cap Roux, Var, and the Principality of Monaco).
  • The transplantation of Cystoseira: Cystoseira are fixed on the upper plate of each module.
  • Monitoring of the colonisation of the reefs and assessment of their effectiveness as a new habitat.

The ECOMERS laboratory is recognised internationally for its expertise in ecological functioning, the trophic role, the nursery function and the transplantation of Cystoseira forests.

Porteur du projet
ECOMERS - Univerisité de Nice
Partenaires industriels
ACRI In, Neptune Environnement
Partenaires recherche
Budget
260 K€
Cofinanceurs publics
Agence de l’eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse
Année de labellisation
2012
Année de cofinancement
2012