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"La Route du Corail": act for the Coral Reef of Reunion Island
Authors: F. Joubert
With current issues of pollution and climate change, the coral reef is in danger. These organisms are of considerable importance for marine and coastal life as they provide shelter for many species but also protect the coastline from erosion. Reef Check, an international organization, was created to carry out research on coral reef conservation. It radiates about 40 countries and territories of the tropical zone. The research carried out by this organization are mainly based on volunteerism and therefore involve the participation of various volunteers in the exploration and evaluation of coral reef health. "La Route du Corail" is a project launched by Reef Check to provide solutions to the progressive death of corals. It is set up on the Reunion island (West Indian Ocean), since it is the seat of many coral reefs. Among the different areas concerned by this project, the Saint-Leu lagoons will be examined around January 2018.
Preventing vibriosis infections of fishes in aquaculture thanks to satellite remote sensing
Authors: P. Calvy, J. Danto, C. Laskar, J. Gonçalves
Diseases like Vibriosis due to Vibrio anguillarum are known as important issues in aquaculture. Indeed, it causes a huge economic deficit for production of many fish species like sea bream and bass. Satellite remote sensing offers a new possibility to detect bacterial population growth. A link between phytoplankton blooms and vibrio cholerae expansion has already been shown, allowing preventing some cholera epidemics.
Spatial observations could provide both images and predictions to create a model of the possible contaminated areas over time. Based on biological studies and satellite forecasts; it would be possible to predict the next areas potentially contaminated by the bacteria. Those predictions would allow farmers to move their parks outside of the area where the disease is located. Farms are more and more equipped with mobile parks, and it would be an opportunity to optimize their movements. Furthermore, it would also be a way to adjust antibiotic treatments on fishes, showing the best moment to use medicines. This information could be integrated in a fish farming application with other climate information provided by Copernicus system.
How to protect humpback whales with remote sensing and acoustic methods
Authors: P. Calvy, C. Magot
Most of the information available over humpback whale behaviour are provided by flight or boat observations. Additional data can be used to understand their migratory movements and to avoid to disrupt them. This study shows how remote sensing and acoustic methods can be used to protect whales of human activities. Two techniques are described: the acoustic method with the integrated submarine surveillance system and the satellite method (telemetry) which is used to measure indicators from a high distance. The latter is based on the ARGOS system as well as many other tools like tags that can be used for creating models and maps. Furthermore, the study of their habitat is essential to understand their movements. Two indicators can render the presence of cetaceans: The Sea Surface Temperature, whose data are obtained by satellite imagery, and the chlorophyll a concentration which is an indicator of the photosynthetic activity of the planktons and whose data are obtained by the SeaWIFS satellite. So far, the studies have shown a correlation between the cold waters, the chlorophyll a concentration and the presence of cetaceans. Besides, other factors have an influence on the repartition of the humpback whales, especially the climatic phenomenon El Niño in the Pacific and the topography of the seabed. These methods could help in making maps that indicate the areas frequented by the cetaceans and thus establishing a speed limit intended for boats, indeed, collisions are an important factor of mortality. Other solutions canbe conceivable to protect them such as the setting up of repellent with modulatory frequencies and pulse signals on boat. The importance of prevention has to be emphasized since the human activities are a threat to their habitat and can lead to their death.
ICES Annual Science Conference
9-12 September 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden
Hundreds of participants gather to present and discuss the latest marine science, develop new ideas, and establish partnerships. The scientific programme provides opportunities for everyone, from students and early career scientists to senior scientists and leaders of research institutes, to engage and contribute.
Our Ocean 2019
23-24 October 2019, Oslo, Norway
The sixth Our Ocean conference will bring together leaders from governments, businesses, civil society and research institutions to share their experience, identify solutions and commit to action for clean, healthy and productive oceans.
Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019
20-22 November, Paris, France
The World Ocean Council (WOC) Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) is the annual gathering of the global Ocean Business Community dedicated to advancing private sector action on responsible use of the seas. With the theme of “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”, the SOS 2019 will be the foremost international business conference dedicated to investment and innovation for ocean sustainable development.
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24 years old
Jules has been interested, from an early age, in the marine environment, he grew up on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and experience has led him to study in sea sciences. He met Pierre on his return from Sweden when he joined Bordeaux Sciences Agro for a training as an Agronomist Engineer. He is now studying in Agrocampus Ouest in Rennes to be specialized in the fisheries and coastal ecosystems management.
24 years old
Passionate about cetaceans, Pierre is a graduate from Pierre & Marie Curie University and continues his studies in an Engineering school about fisheries managment. In 2015, he noticed with Jules the potential of the scientific community in marine biology to be gathered. Together, they launch European Marine Information.
23 years old
Born in Paris, Clement has always dealed with computer sciences. He met Pierre & Jules around a project of management in aquaculture through satellite remote sensing and modelling in a farming by satellite competition. As a strong environmentalist, he decided to join his skills on programming and in sustainable development to improve the project. He not only brings his informatic expertise but also his open-minded point of view!