Our conservation work
THE MR GOODFISH PROGRAMME
Launched in March 2010 by three big European aquariums – NAUSICAA in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, Genoa Aquarium in Italy and Aquarium Finisterrae in Spain, the Mr Goodfish programme has constantly raised public awareness of the importance of sustainable seafood consumption. The programme aims to persuade consumers to play an active role in marine resource conservation by publishing, every season, a list of seafood products which are recommended by specialists in the field. The goal of this approach is to protect stocks of seafood products which are being depleted by encouraging consumption of other stocks which are available in abundance. Since 2017, the Mr Goodfish programme has also made recommendations regarding aquaculture products based on the sustainability of food that is used, breeding practices and ecosystem impact. If every French person ate a species recommended by Mr Goodfish just once a year, 18,000 tonnes of threatened species could be saved. “Choosing your fish well is good for the sea”.
The website www.mrgoodfish.fr publishes the list of seafood products that are recommended for the season and features simple recipes put together by great chefs and news about Mr Goodfish.
THE MALPELO FOUNDATION
Science in aid of sharks
The Foundation is conducting a shark tagging programme involving acoustic telemetry which has established a connection between the different islands of the tropical eastern Pacific. This work is being done within a network called MIGRAMAR which has been set up with other organisations. The scientists have found that the populations of all the species have been recovering over the past few years, except for the hammerhead sharks, which are suffering from overfishing. These sharks go down to a depth of 1,000 metres and yo-yo their way back up to between 100 metres and the surface. When a group moves upwards, it is decimated by fishermen even though direct fishing of sharks is banned. Classifying the species as endangered, stepping up monitoring and legislating to make penalties stiffer are steps that have been taken to combat this illegal fishing.
Adopt a hammerhead shark!
SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds)
The penguins at NAUSICAÁ were born in captivity, and they can be seen in the Steer South exhibition. To raise awareness with as many people as possible, NAUSICAÁ offers visitors the chance to sponsor an African penguin, which helps to contribute to the work done by SANCCOB, who are based in Cape Town in South Africa. This association works to save and rehabilitate oil-slicked, injured, ill and orphaned penguins. Donations received by NAUSICAA have already made it possible to save six penguins so far. They also enable SANCCOB to raise awareness of conservation efforts through environmental education and to collaborate in research projects.
At the end of the 1990s, the coral reefs of the Maldives were seriously affected by bleaching, and in some areas, 90% of corals died. The Reefscapers programme, which was launched by Thomas Le Berre, a Frenchman living in the Maldives, involves replanting coral fragments in order to replenish the stocks.
Coral reefs are essential to the survival of the Maldives. They are the only thing that protects the coasts from erosion. The Reefscapers programme involves replanting colonies, in the form of fragments which are attached to submerged frames in order to restore stocks. The colonies grow over time and eventually cover the structure.
NAUSICAÁ has joined forces with MEGAPTERA to find out more about whale shark populations and conserve them.
MEGAPTERA is a French association which is dedicated to the observation, understanding and protection of marine mammals and the whale shark. The MEGAPTERA approach, which is based on research, education and sustainable conservation, arose out of a growing awareness of the richness and uniqueness of these populations in the Indian Ocean region and the lack of information about them. To study and protect the whale shark, photo-identification is carried out and these giants of the seas are marked and tagged.
NAUSICAÁ and MEGAPTERA attached three tags to whale sharks during the tagging expedition that took place in December 2017 in Djibouti, in Africa.
The tags, which are being used to study this iconic creature and its way of life, migration and reproduction, are yielding plenty of information which can be used to study this species in depth. Scientists still do not know very much about the migration of whale sharks. Thanks to these three tagged sharks, NAUSICAÁ and MEGAPTERA have been able to gather various pieces of information about depth, temperature and light levels.
€1 FOR MANKIND AND THE OCEAN
When you buy your tickets online, Nausicaá gives you the chance to donate €1 to support these activities! All funds raised will go directly to the research and conservation activities supported by Nausicaá.