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A look back at our Pure Ocean event in Paris!

A look back at our Pure Ocean event in Paris!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined our inspiring afterwork last night at l’Ephémère Naama.work in the Tour Montparnasse! We were delighted to share this enriching moment with you.

💬 The passionate exchanges around the theme of “being committed and transforming today” were a real source of inspiration. We’re grateful for every idea shared and connection made.

We are delighted to have been able to present you with the 2024 winners of which we are very proud. 7 new, innovative and ambitious projects that we can’t wait to see get off the ground to protect our ocean. 

We would also like to warmly thank Lauranne Schied, Pure Ocean Paris referent, for her intervention on our local actions.

We’re proud to see so many people committed and motivated to support Pure Ocean. Together, we can make a real difference to the future of our blue planet.

22 March: World Water Day

22 March: World Water Day

Today, 22 March, is World Water Day, an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of freshwater.

Water covers 70% of our planet, but did you know that only 2.5% of this is fresh water? A precious resource vital to 100% of the world’s population and to the biodiversity essential to our survival.

⚠️ However, according to the WHO and UNICEF, in 2022, 2.2 billion people, or more than 1/4 of the world’s population, will still lack safe drinking water.

At Pure Ocean, we are convinced that in order to preserve, we need to understand. Where is all this fresh water? Most of it is stored in glaciers (68.7%), followed by groundwater (30.1%), permafrost (0.8%) and just 0.4% on the surface!

💦 Finally, less than 1% of the water on Earth is both fresh and liquid, a rare and precious resource that must be protected.

But water circulates. Remember the water cycle? Everything that enters this cycle is integrated and travels with our precious water. Every substance dumped, every piece of plastic pollutes the entire cycle. That’s why every action has an impact on our health.

🩵 This World Water Day, let’s commit to preserving and protecting our precious blue treasure.

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7 new Pure Ocean projects thanks to your support!

7 new Pure Ocean projects thanks to your support!​

The selection of our 2024 grantees is official:

7 new innovative scientific projects will be supported in 2024 & 2025. Selected for their scientific excellence and impact, they directly address:

🦑 supporting the preservation of the Antarctic abyss through the discovery of a diversity of species and their interactions,

🪸 Preserving the red gorgonians of the Mediterranean,

🦈 Combating bycatch of cetaceans and sharks with fishers in Bangladesh,

🦠 Understanding and conveying the role of planktonic life in the carbon pump,

🏞 Quantifying the pollutant flows from 3 estuaries in Vietnam and their socio-ecological impacts,

🌿 Developing a pilot model for sustainable seaweed farming in Brazil,

🩺 Understanding the impact of microplastics on cellular aging.

➡ Based on technological, social, and nature-inspired innovations, these projects have diverse and specific areas of action with a common goal: to contribute to better understanding and preserving the ocean!


👨‍🔬👩‍🔬 These projects were selected by an independent and international scientific committee composed of eminent scientists: Gilles Boeuf, Anna Zivian, Kartik Shanker, Abdelmalek FARAJ.


🙏 Thank you to all our donors, thanks to  you these projects will contribute to a healthy future for our ocean!


And a big THANK YOU to all project leaders who applied this year, the choice was far from easy 🩵


Discover the 7 projects in video now !

Download the press release announcing the grantees

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Save the date: The Ocean Gala!

Save the Date : The Ocean Gala

On 4 June, enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Gala de l’Océan! This exceptional event will take place at the Mole Passedat in the Mucem, where we will be gathering with our sponsors, partners, ambassadors and all Pure Ocean Lovers.

Together, we’ll share a moment of solidarity and commitment to ocean research.

Join us for an evening full of promise, discovery and hope. Let’s make this evening a real tribute to our ocean, and another step towards a more sustainable future for our planet.

➡️ If you are interested, please contact partner@pure-ocean.org ✉️

See you on 4 June, let’s get together for the ocean!

Climate change: scientists predict species at risk of mass extinction!

Climate change: scientists predict species at risk of mass extinction!

It’s nothing new: climate change is threatening marine biodiversity, but scientists at Oxford University have taken a closer look at the species that are thought to be most at risk.

The researchers analysed more than 290,000 fossil archives of marine invertebrates over a period of 485 million years to understand the resilience factors of species in the face of this challenge.

Temperature-related factors are obviously crucial. The greater the impact of climate change, the more vulnerable species are, particularly those living in extreme conditions or with a narrow temperature range, especially below 15°C.

The factor that seems to have the greatest impact is size. In particular, the size of the geographical range and the size of the species. In both cases, the greater the size, the less likely the species is to disappear.

⚠️ However, let’s not forget the importance of an ecosystem: each species is necessary for the survival of the others. “This should serve as a stern warning to humanity as we recklessly continue to cause climate change ourselves by burning fossil fuels”. Recalls Dan Lunt, researcher at the University of Bristol.

🔗 To find out more about this crucial study for the future of our planet, read the scientific article: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adj5763


Pure Ocean event in Paris!

Pure Ocean event in Paris!

On Tuesday 26 March at 7.30pm at the Naama.work Ephémère in the Tour Montparnasse, we invite you to an inspiring afterwork to get involved for the ocean!

🌍 What’s on the agenda? Networking and sharing will be on the agenda on the theme of “being committed and transforming today”,

with :

Lauranne Schied, Pure Ocean Paris referent, will present our local actions,

Thomas de Williencourt, our Director, will tell you all about our new 2024 projects.

All this over a cocktail reception.

Interested in attending? Register by writing to become@naama.work ✉️

The abyss continues to surprise us!

The abyss continues to surprise us!

Dark, hostile, little-known, with extreme living conditions, our deep sea hides an incredible biodiversity! A recent study published in Scientific Reports reveals the surprising adaptability of marine species on the ocean floor.

At a depth of 1,700 meters off the Azores, scientists have discovered an abundance of fauna that defies expectations in an acidic environment laden with heavy metals. This unexpected biodiversity demonstrates the incredible environmental resilience of the abyss’ inhabitants.

Mussels, shrimps, bivalves and marine worms proliferate in these extreme conditions, thanks in particular to the crucial role played by the Bathymodiolus azoricus mussel. This ingenious species contributes to the creation of a complex habitat, enabling a diverse fauna to settle in despite environmental constraints.

Research focuses on hydrothermal springs, where geysers of mineral-rich water erupt from the depths to form underwater vents. Research focuses on hydrothermal springs, where geysers of mineral-rich water erupt from the depths to form underwater vents.

However, the preservation of these ecosystems is crucial. Deep-sea mining threatens to disrupt these fragile habitats, jeopardizing an exceptional biodiversity with uncommon adaptive capacities.

The scientific community is calling for a moratorium on mining until further research can be carried out to better understand these ecosystems. It’s time to act to protect the hidden wonders of the abyss, witness to unsuspected life in the ocean depths.

Read the scientific article: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-024-52186-1


Meet the talented Ainhoa Leiceaga, a top-level surfer!

Meet talented top surfer Ainhoa Leiceaga

At just 21, Ainhoa embodies the passion and determination that drive champions. But that’s not all! Alongside her life in the waves, she is also brilliantly pursuing her studies in physics and chemistry.

For her, the ocean is much more than a playground, it’s her whole life, her daily source of well-being. It’s where she pushes her limits, where she draws her energy, from this force of nature.

Scientific and sporty, she’s the perfect reflection of Pure Ocean! An inspiring example for all those who dream of reconciling passion and commitment.


5 inconspicuous ways seagrass beds boost biodiversity

5 inconspicuous ways seagrass beds boost biodiversity

Seagrass beds are one of the largest marine ecosystems on the planet, occupying around 300,000 km2 of the seabed and spread across 159 countries. Yet the equivalent of a soccer field disappears every 30 minutes, and an estimated 7% of the world’s seagrass beds are lost every year. Ocean acidification, coastal development and rising ocean temperatures caused by climate change are the main causes of seagrass disappearance.

Discover the 5 inconspicuous ways in which seagrass beds stimulate biodiversity!