Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute was founded in 1966 by Paul Ricard and Dr Alain Bombard in response to one of the first cases of industrial pollution in the Mediterranean: the dumping of “red mud” waste into the sea off Cassis near Marseille. It is a non-profit organisation with a mission to understand, explain and protect the sea.
The Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute’s research programmes are aimed at sustainable development in the Mediterranean. Research includes environmental inventorying and monitoring, biodiversity conservation, endangered and protected species, the study and management of living resources, and innovative, nature-based solutions for fisheries, aquaculture and maritime activities.
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Popular science activities
Public outreach through popular science has been the other main mission of the Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute since the outset. Today, it is chaired by the founder’s granddaughter Patricia Ricard.
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