On 20 November 2006, Guy LENGAGNE, President of Nausicaa, the National Sealife Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Member for the Pas-de-Calais and Chairman of the Community of the Conurbation of Boulogne, and Jean-Yves PERROT, President and Managing Director of IFREMER, the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea, signed a new collaboration agreement. Due to run for five years, this agreement reaffirms their commitment to collaborate for sustainable management of the sea.
A close active collaboration
For many years now, IFREMER and Nausicaa have been working very closely together on projects designed to raise public awareness of the various environmental problems. To this end, and by signing the new collaboration agreement, the two partners commit to furthering the public's understanding of the seas, of the World Ocean and the issues at stake in the sustainable management of its resources.
The agreement also stipulates that Nausicaa and IFREMER shall collaborate particularly in the following areas: general knowledge of the marine environment and the issues at stake in its sustainable development; the littoral environment; exploitation of the marine environment by fishing and aquaculture (notably the ecosystemic approach to fishing); and the products of the sea. The agreement involves the exchange of information, the use of IFREMER's documentation for events organised by Nausicaa, the organisation of conferences and exhibitions, taking Nausicaa personnel on board IFREMER vessels to collect live animals, and concerted action for future Nausicaa projects. At the same time, this agreement has given IFREMER the opportunity to reaffirm its involvement in and support for the initiatives of the World Ocean Network, of which Nausicaa is one of the founder members.
At sea on board the Thalassa
On 27 June 2014, Nausicaa, the French National Sea Centre, opened an exhibition area on oceanographic research. In the new exhibition, you have a unique opportunity to experience an oceanographic research trip on board the Thalassa. From stepping aboard at the quayside to a view of a cabin, from the dragging of the trawl net to the fish sorting room, you are given an insight into the work of the scientists on board and see various areas of the Thalassa in real-size mock-ups. This will help you to understand how the results of an oceanographic research trip allow for more accurate assessments of the state of natural resources and, as a result, more effective fisheries management.