French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity
Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL)
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Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Fernando Bretos, Director of Marine Conservation
Dr. Rivah Winter, Curator of Aquarium Content & Marine Science Inventor in Residence
Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) pursues and integrates education and research, and interprets the history and systems of the Earth and its life, to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. PRI serves public audiences in part through its two public venues, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center.
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) facilitates scientific understanding of the evolutionary history of coral reefs through research collections and publications, and promotes conservation of current and future coral reefs through public outreach. PRI's outreach program is focused around two reef tanks at PRI's Museum of the Earth, contrasting coral reef organisms of the Caribbean and of the Indo-Pacific. The tanks are displayed in the area of the Museum focused upon past and present climate change, and help inform about the implications of climate change on low latitude marine ecosystems. Docent interpretation and coral reef programs for elementary schools complement the exhibits. More broadly, the Museum exhibits contain many dozens of fossils of corals and other reef organisms that are part of the story of the history of Earth systems; implications of changes in climate, sea level, and marine biodiversity are integrated into associated signage throughout.
Institut Océanographique, Fondation Albert Ier , Prince de Monaco
For more than 100 years, the Oceanographic Institute has been committed to enhancing the knowledge of the ocean and promoting its sustainable management and rational and efficient protection. It has two locations :
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco : built on the edge of the mythical Rock of Monaco, the “Temple of the sea” was founded by the Prince Albert I, great great grandfather of HSH Prince Albert II. It is a word class aquarium, presenting about 400 species, from both the Mediterranean and tropical seas, to 650.000 visitors each year.
The “Maison des Océans” in Paris : hosts a cluster of ocean-related institutions, and is a prestigious event center in the heart of the Paris. These two locations host international conferences bringing together experts, entrepreneurs and political decision-makers to discuss the main challenges of sustainable management of the ocean.
The Aquarium in Monaco was the first in the world to keep and breed corals. This expertise, developed with the Monaco Science Center, enables us to showcase living corals in all our tropical tanks. By presenting these amazing creatures, our aim is to raise the public’s awareness of the incredible biodiversity and fragility of coral reefs. The Oceanographic Museum relays to the general public Monaco’s commitment for coral protection. From July 2018, until June 2020, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is jointly co-chaired by Monaco, Australia and Indonesia. Along with The Monaco Scientific Center and the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Oceanographic Institute addresses the impact of climate change, ocean acidification, unsustainable fishing and pollution on coral reefs.
World Ocean Network
NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) is much more than just an aquarium… It is a Centre where the unique marine environment can be discovered in a fun, educational and scientific way, with a primary focus on the relationship between Mankind and the Sea. On 19 May 2018, NAUSICAA unveils to the public its new exhibition route all about the Open Sea and becomes one of the world’s biggest aquariums.
Since its first expansion in 1998, NAUSICAA has presented corals through illustrations, videos and tanks. Visitors can learn about coral, its life, the complexity of the reef environment in which thousands of species live and the importance of reefs for mankind. NAUSICAA’s handlers have developed the very special technique of “breeding”and has created its own nursery. With a few broken-off pieces of coral which are attached to bases with non-toxic resin, NAUSICAA’s handlers create lots of cuttings which are grown in a nursery in reserves and then transplanted onto the flat in the exhibition, where they develop harmoniously thanks to the daily care given to them. All of the coral species in NAUSICAA’s tanks grow there, in one of the world’s largest “cultivated” coral reefs. In the new exhibition of NAUSICAA, a slope which can be seen from the tunnel will home to 10,000 coral fragments grown in this nursery.
Underwater Earth Limited
We are driven by a simple, single-minded vision - to reveal the ocean to the world. The ocean is out of sight and out of mind. How can anyone love and care for something they cannot see and cannot understand.
Our main focus to date has been coral reefs. Most people do not understand or appreciate their critical importance; the issues they are facing; what needs to be done to protect them. Our work since 2010 includes taking Google Street View underwater, introducing the world to virtual diving on coral reefs; conducting the most comprehensive scientific survey of coral reefs across 26 countries; capturing 1 million+ panoramic images creating the world's largest coral reef visual archive; announcing, revealing, tracking the Third Global Coral Bleaching Event which in turn, has become the subject of a major Netflix documentary; creating award-winning VR coral reef films that engage, entertain and educate; and most recently, devising, project managing and communicating the 50 Reefs initiative, a global plan to help save coral reefs.