|Project leader||ECOMERS - Univerisité de Nice|
|Industrials partners||ACRI In, Neptune Environnement|
|Cofinanceur publics||Agence de l’eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse|
|Year of labeling||2012|
|Year of co-financing||2012|
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.