Pure Ocean announces 2018 Call for Projects award winners

Friday, April 5, Pure Ocean announced the 9 winning projects that will receive financial support following the 2018 call for projects. We received 65 applications from 21 countries and over 300 scientists. We would like to thank all the applicants for the high quality of the proposals submitted.

Pure Ocean supports projects that have the potential to open up new avenues of action:
1. Observe and measure changes in marine life, physico-chemical characteristics and their impacts on global dynamics,
2. Sustainable use of marine resources,
3. Identify techniques to restore ecosystems and biodiversity.

Several other selection criteria were taken into account, such as the level of co-construction, innovation, team commitment and the long-term impact of the project. Finally, projects needed to be co-funded by at least one other organization.
After an in-depth study by the Scientific Committee of Pure Ocean, followed by a risk and budget analysis, nine projects were selected to receive funding.

Pure Ocean will accompany the grantees throughout the development of the projects and will communicate regularly on the progress of these innovative and exciting projects.

Thomas de Williencourt appointed Director of Pure Ocean

Founder of the Epicurien Provence Fund, an endowment fund dedicated to sustainable food and former director of the French Observatory of Apidology, association for the safeguarding of bees, Thomas has been engaged for many years in actions that defend public interests. He has accompanied many programs that have had an international influence for the protection of our planet, such as the operation «Flowers for bees», educating citizens on the importance of safeguarding these pollinating insects.

Today, Thomas is taking on a new challenge for the planet, moving from land to sea and serving the preservation of the oceans. As director of Pure Ocean, he will accompany the development of the fund, so necessary in the face of the multiple threats that weigh on our oceans.

With his past experience, Thomas will develop partnerships with other key players who are mobilized on the subject, at local, national and international levels. At the same time, he will recruit and lead an international network of committed entrepreneurs – the «Pure Ocean Lovers» – entrepreneurs who love their planet and want to take action too. This will be achieved through the multiplication of conferences, awareness-raising events and other initiatives to reach the largest number of citizens.

«Researchers around the world are working to find solutions, we need to provide them with the financial means to succeed. That’s why I decided to join the Pure Ocean team »

© Cyril Chauvin

Extreme sporting challenges to meet today’s environmental challenges

Brice Bonneviale, a confirmed and committed athlete, is preparing to take up the Enduroman challenge between 21 and 27 June 2019. This triathlon of the extreme, starts at Marble Arch in London and ends at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, with three separate challenges: • 140km run from London to Dover, • Swimming across the Channel, • 290km road cycling between Calais and Paris. Brice Bonneviale and his dream team want to contribute to creating awareness on environmental issues. It is therefore natural that they have rallied to the cause of the Pure Ocean Fund. Pure Ocean aims to alert the publicto the status of endangered ecosystems and to highlight solutions to protect them through racing and sporting challenges. The adventure of Brice Bonneviale is the first in a series of events dubbed “Race for Pure Ocean”.



It’s #GivingTuesday and the Pure Ocean Fund needs you!

Please consider making a donation to help us support innovative projects that will contribute to better understand the oceans, to protect them and to sustainably use their ressources.

Pure Ocean Summit 2018

We are happy to share with you the highlights of our first Pure Ocean Summit.

On April 26th this year, scheduled around the time of the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels (the largest international trade fair in the seafood sector), Pure Ocean organized an encounter between researchers and key business players to better understand the issues and means available to save our oceans.

During a morning of exchanges and collaboration, the “Pure Ocean Summit” brought together Philippe Cury (IRD), Marie-Alexandrine Sicre (LOCEAN), project leaders from the Ocean Innovation Tour and economic players.


Seafoodia, sponsor of Pure Ocean and historical partner of Défi de Monte Cristo dived into the water on June 23th and 24th!

Created in 1999, the Défi Monte-Cristo is  the most important open-water swim in the Mediterranean Sea!

On this occasion, the passionate and committed “Seafoodia” team decided to combine the mythical escape of Edmond Dantès with a quest for meaning to save our oceans and swam for Pure Ocean.

You can take part in the adventure too! Help us support our projects!

The funds raised will be paid in full to the applied research projects selected by the Scientific Committee of Pure Ocean.

Launch of Call for Projects 2018

Dear applicants, share your projects!!

Our first call for projects is now open until May 20th at midnight. You can download its content herewith: Call for projects 2018 – Pure Ocean Fund and fill out the online application form.

Good luck everyone! Results will be announced to selected participants, by the end of June 2018.

Save the Date! Pure Ocean Summit

Save the Date!

The first Pure Ocean Summit will be held on:

Thursday 26th April – from 8.30 am to 2 p

Salle des Guichets – BIP
Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Bruxelles


On the agenda, conferences and workshops to discuss together the issues and solutions to protect our oceans.

If you have not received your invitation yet, please contact us: contact@pure-ocean.org

Best Wishes & A Happy New Year in 2018

The whole Pure Ocean team, David, Laura, Déborah and Charlotte, wish you a happy new year and all the best for 2018. 
An exciting year is ahead with many upcoming events: our first call for projects, our Pure Ocean Summit and Race. 
We’d like to thank you for your support; we keep on growing because of you, us and our common love for the Oceans.

If you are a businessman, it’s time to get involved and take action in one way or another: create your own actions for a better and fair Society, a healthy Environment or support people in need; or join current organisations just like us. That is what we wish for the Future!

If you want to support us and for donations, please contact us at contact@pure-ocean.org.


Pure Ocean Team

First meeting between members of the Scientific Committee

A few weeks ago, Françoise Gaill, Gilles Boeuf and David Sussmann met in Paris for the first time, to discuss the major areas of work of Pure Ocean in 2018.

An exciting, passionate and constructive meeting that announces beautiful projects for our oceans. We will tell you soon more about the launch of our first call for projects which is being written by our team.