Villefranche s/mer, Observatoire Océanologique

Sète, Station Méditerranéenne de l'Environnement Littoral



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Ile des Embiez
Le Brusc
83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages   FRANCE
Tel : + 33 04 94 34 02 49
Fax : + 33 04 94 74 46 45
Email :
Web Site :
President of Institut:
Mme Patricia Ricard
Director of Research:
Dr Jean-Luc Bonnefont

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
Inventory (biodiversity, living resource, coastal seawater quality); Evaluation of impact (fishing, yachting, anchoring..); Genetics (sea urchin population dynamics)

Current major projects
* Sea urchin population dynamics (inventory, genetics, experimental production);
* PCC: inventory of the biodiversity of fishes post larvae in the Brusc lagoon (2 technics: “crest net” and light-trap called “CARE”);
* Fishes inventory on the Toulon (Var) west coast;
* Fan shell Pinna nobilis (missions of inventory, studies on biology and ecology, larvae briding);
* Experimental breeding of the Mediterranean sea-horse;
* A full study of a creek in the Calanques (bathymetry and biocenosis, fish and echinoderma counting, water analysis);
* Threatened species : Counting missions of Mediterranean grouper and corb with the association of grouper study;
* Quality of seawater (bacteriology, toxic dinoflagellate)

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 6 others : 5

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 200 + 400 teaching :
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 60 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment : Zodiac and diving equipment
Other major research facilities and equipment
Research laboratory (microbiology, chemistry), greenhouse and experimental hatchery

Ecosystem types available nearby
Mediterranean ecosystems (sea grass meadows, rocky shores, Mediterranean lagoon, corals habitats)

Areas of taxonomic expertise
Mediterranean French coast

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no

Training courses
yes no

Capacity and brief description of library

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


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