Marine Biological Resources

Sustainable fisheries, sustainable aquaculture and blue biotechnology: three key action points for the Pôles Mer with regard to marine biological resources.

44 Projets funded

64 Labelled projects

6 Collaborative platforms

146 M€ Budget of labeled projects

DAS 4 Ressources Biologiques Marines Pôle Mer Méditerranée

From laboratory to mass production: a continuous perimeter

Sustainable coastal fishing should help preserve this traditional activity which is part of our heritage and which has always tried to maintain the balance between supply and demand. Moreover, the fishermen’s role as guardians of the sea is crucial for the monitoring of the marine environment.

Sustainable aquaculture aims to develop this alongside fishing and meet the challenges of feeding tomorrow’s world.

Blue biotechnology, based on robust research, has considerable potential for development at all stages of the value chain.

Market potential: feed the world

As sustainable coastal fisheries ensure knowledge and management of resources this will enable the survival of what is often an amateur activity in the Mediterranean region but which is also a provider of primary jobs and a quality food supply, albeit in limited quantities.

Global aquaculture is a major source of the future’s food supply; the aim is to meet the planet’s next big challenge: how to feed 9 billion people in 2050. The Pôle Mer therefore aims to contribute to the development of model fish, shellfish and seaweed farms to increase the current low production rates in France.

Blue biotechnology, developed from knowledge of marine biodiversity, aims to reach high potential niche markets such as health, cosmetics, nutraceuticals or mass markets such as green chemistry, animal feed or bioenergy.

Innovation, the key to a sustainable future

The Pôle Mer Méditerranée focuses on emerging solutions capable of removing scientific, technical and economic barriers:

  • Sustainable fishing: bringing technological innovation to vessels, to crew safety with better designed work stations, to propulsion, to energy economy and to fishing boats to reduce bycatch.
  • Sustainable aquaculture: aiming for exemplary procedures by working on research with the identification of new food sources, health and safety of production, domestication of more useful new species, faster growth… and on the environmental aspects with a reduction in genetic impact, the management of inputs, waste and energy and finally the social acceptability of aquaculture.
  • Blue biotechnology: innovation throughout the whole value chain, from cultivation/production to harvesting and transformation through to synthesis.

The network across the whole value chain

The PACA, Languedoc-Roussillon regions and Corsica have laboratories that are reference points for Mediterranean marine biological resources. There are multiple resources available for fundamental or applied research for Mediterranean professionals and their work has meant that for:

  • Fishing; the fish stock levels are better understood and realistic management strategies can be implemented.
  • Aquaculture; the development of hatcheries for bass, bream, meagre are recognised across the Mediterranean with model production methods.
  • Blue biotechnology; the availability of microalgae production such as spirulina for the cosmetics industry, aquaculture and nutraceuticals; the first step in mass production

The most recent projects

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