The flat oyster: a heritage species to be preserved


Originally present along the entire European coastline, the flat oyster, the only oyster native to Europe, formed very dense populations (called oyster beds) creating mini-underwater reefs, comparable to coral reefs in terms of biodiversity. Highly overexploited in the 19th century, then victim of several diseases and predators in the 20th, the species is endangered in the 21st century and with it all the biodiversity it shelters. For a year now, the FOREVER project (“Flat Oyster REcoVERy”) has been working on the ecological restoration of this species in Brittany. One of the actions of this pioneering project consists in designing and deploying artificial reefs specially designed to facilitate the establishment, development and protection of young flat oysters. In early summer 2019, these very first reefs are being deployed in the Rade de Brest and Baie de Quiberon. To be continued…

Find out more about the FOREVER project and other European projects for the conservation and restoration of flat oysters? and have a look at this article:

Pogoda, B., Brown, J., Hancock, B., Preston, J., Pouvreau, S., Kamermans, P., Sanderson, W., and von Nordheim, H. 2019. The Native Oyster Restoration Alliance (NORA) and the Berlin Oyster Recommendation: bringing back a key ecosystem engineer by developing and supporting best practice in Europe. Aquat. Living Resour. 32: 13. doi:10.1051/alr/2019012.

In open access via this link.


Projet Forever

The Marine Fact sheet n°3 on the news of the overseas seagrass beds has been published


IFRECOR (Initiative FRançaise pour les RÉcifs CORalliens) promotes documentation on coral reefs and associated ecosystems in French overseas territories.

Like the first two issues, this new Marine Leaflet (n°3) aims to communicate and promote the ongoing actions on seagrass beds in different overseas territories and promote the networking of stakeholders. Several contributors have contributed richly to this third issue, which reports on activities at international, national, regional and overseas levels.The articles presented summarize part of the news from French tropical seagrass beds, concerning the implementation of research work on habitat functionality and the development of tools, studies on the invasion of Halophila stipulacea in the West Indies and interactions with green turtles, the application of the Water Framework Directive in the overseas departments and the creation of a regional network to monitor seagrass beds in the Indian Ocean.

> Link for the fact sheet #2

> Link for the fact sheet #1 :

Fanny Kerninon, doctoral student at LEMAR coordinates it.

You can download the Fact Sheet #3 here:

Ika Paul-Pont, CNRS Bronze medal 2019

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With her colleagues from the PANORAMA team, and especially Arnaud HUVET, Ifremer researcher at LEMAR, their work on micro and nano-plastics is among the most cited in our laboratory.

Visit her page on Google Scholar.

See here her personnal page on our site to access her current projects, and click here to read her interview ‘in French) in IUEM’s letter of April 2019.

In 2018 her work was the subject of an article in Sciences-Ouest (in French also), in a special report on microplastics :