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OceanoScientific Coral Reefs Expeditions 2023-2030


The Ocean covers 70.8% of the surface of the Planet, but more than 99% of its volume. Coral reefs (285,000 km2) represent less than 0.1% of this surface, but they contain more than 25% of under threat marine organisms. Only 1% to 3% of these marine organisms are (roughly) known. France has the second largest maritime area (Exclusive Economic Zone - EEZ) in the world: 11,035,000 km2, behind the United States (11,351,000 km2) and ahead of the Australians (8,505,348 km2). But it is the only country present in the tropical space of the three oceans: Pacific, Indian and Atlantic, with the largest submarine domain in the world (11,614,000 km2). France has a fantastic natural wealth of molecules of interest for Health, Well-being and services to the Environment, to be developed virtuously for future generations.

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Sponge from the Mozambique Channel photographed

by Dr. Thierry Pérez,

CNRS Research Director

of the Station Marine d'Endoume (Marseille, France).

The sponges are the first multicellular animals to appear on the Planet, and therefore the first marine animals of the Ocean. Sponges appeared on the Planet about 650 million years ago, during the Cryogenian (720 to 655 million years ago) when the Earth was covered in ice. Today, the descendants of these amazing organisms are under the severe threat of the Sixth Extinction due to human (anthropogenic) activity. It is therefore essential to safeguard their biological heritage, to preserve it for future generations.


Sponges inhabit all aquatic ecosystems. They are sources of many ecosystem services: ecological functions of recycling organic matter, depollution, biomolecules, bathing sponges, etc.


These are fantastic resources of molecules of interest for human Health, undoubtedly promising therapies for the Future.

In the wake of Prince Albert I of Monaco


Hirondelle in the Azores in 1888

Émile Topsent 

(1862-1951), Marine biologist and


recorded his research

alongside Prince

Albert I in three

Fascicules published

from 1892 to 1928.

Prince Albert I of Monaco,

a precursor of Marine Sciences, conducted 28 Oceanographic Campaigns from 1885 to 1915

which led to the publication

of 110 Fascicules, large format

books that are still used

nowadays by researchers 

in laboratories .

On board, Émile Topsent discovered and studied previously unknown species of sponges (Fascicule XXV - 1904).

"Only a better knowledge of the Ocean will allow its virtuous exploitation with respect for Nature for the benefit of future generations...because the Earth is running out of breath.

But let's stop piling up alarmist scientific findings, let's consider the Ocean as the most gigantic resource of Humanity and let's demonstrate that Ecology & Economy can be effectively married.

By bioprospecting little-known sponges on little-explored reefs using an oceanographic

sailboat (17 m - 57 foot); using only 3 to 5 centimeters samples analyzed biologically and genetically according to innovative techniques, we are inventing a virtuous development of as yet unknown underwater resources, for the benefit of the sites of origin of these organisms."




Yvan Griboval

Innovative Navigator-Explorer 

OceanoScientific / LOVE THE OCEAN

Approximately 18,000 molecules have already been classified for 9,000 sponge species identified to date.

But the international scientific community knows there are many more...


The OceanoScientific Expeditions 2023-2030 are therefore almost sure to discover new sponges species in the coral reefs of Juan de Nova, knowing that those already listed have never been sequenced…

Tell the Ocean, transmit the Emotion...


OceanoScientific Expeditions serve to raise awareness of the general public to discover, respect and preserve the Ocean:

International media exposure: Social networks - TV - Print media - Radio;

Regular transmission of video images on social networks and TV;

Permanent cartographic tracking of the exploration platform LOVE THE OCEAN

Hourly display of physico-chemical data on a dedicated site; 

Explorers' Conferences with the participation of eminent scientists;

Public Relations events and operations on board LOVE THE OCEAN.



The OceanoScientific Explorer is given a concept name

to convey the simplest of messages:  LOVE THE OCEAN

LAGOON 570 sailing catamaran (17m / 57ft) 

equipped for unprecedented exploratory navigations

without CO2 emissions or waste

with a virtuous energy autonomy 

thanks to 2,000 Watts of solar panels.

Unique scientific equipment in the world on a sailboat :

DNA/RNA sequencing laboratory;

Air/Sea sensors for automatic collection

and automatic transfer

of accurate scientific data to

the World Meteorological Organization 

under the control of Météo-France.

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