2022 News

Monday, May 16, 2022

Stories of tiger sharks and bulldog sharks in Marseille 

The more the start date of the first of the five campaigns of OceanoScientific Expeditions 2022-2027 to the Eparses Islands (Indian Ocean - France) is getting closer - it will be during the second half of next October consecutively in Marseille, Toulon, Nice and Monaco - the more each parameter is studied in detail. The remoteness of the Eparses Islands from any port and their position on the route of cyclones and the powerful tropical depressions of the Indian Ocean are conditions that will complicate these oceanographic campaigns by sailing without CO2 emissions. Respect for the inhabitants of the coral reefs that will be bioprospected by Carla Di Santo and Linn Sekund will be essential. Indeed, these uninhabited and prohibited access islands are renowned for their extraordinary biodiversity. It is therefore probably one of the places in the world where the concentration of large sharks is the highest. Tigers, bulldogs and other species are legion! For this, the OceanoScientific Expeditions team just got stronger. Steven Surina, one of the most famous professional divers specialized in the study of the behavior of large sharks, joins the crew of the catamaran  LOVE THE OCEAN , with the double task of supervising and safety of the two divers through the "dialogue" with the sharks and the production of video reports of their dives ... when tiger sharks, bulldogs and other species will authorize it. Steven, who has become a master in interpreting the body language of these extraordinary animals, performs nearly three hundred dives a year with tourists to bring them into contact with these sharks in complete safety, as part of his missions of Shark Education. Next trainees before the dives in the Eparses Islands: Carla and Linn…


Steven Surina in contact with tiger sharks in the Bahamas. Large curious animals, these sharks, reputed to be terrible predators, can be peaceful playmates for those who know how to behave with kindness with them, once their body language has been assimilated and interpreted. Photo Joe Mazzi


Professional scientific divers Carla Di Santo (left) and Linn Sekund (OceanoScientific) surround Steven Surina

at the end of the first dive preparation meeting at the Eparses Islands. Steven will combine the role of "Safety Diver" and, sometimes, Chief Operator of underwater shots. Photo OceanoScientific

Monday, April 25, 2022

Discovering the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean Sea 

Since its origin, in January 2011, the philanthropic association of general interest OceanoScientific has primarily targeted young people in the CE2-CM1-CM2 classes with the aim of making them RESPECT and LOVE the Ocean. With this objective, Carla Di Santo, Scientific Coordinator & Diving Manager of OceanoScientific Expeditions, lent her assistance to L'Atelier de la Mer on Wednesday April 13 to snorkel with a group of twenty-four girls and boys aged six to twelve, in order to raise awareness of the marine environment and to discover the animals of the Mediterranean shallows in their natural habitat. These children come from one of the programs offered by Synergie Family, co-founded by Laurent Choukroun and Frank Tortel, which has offered for more than ten years the opportunity for all kinds of activities aiming an individual and collective fulfillment. This snorkeling trip, financed by "Marseille Capitale de la Mer", is part of the "Un pas pour la mer" operation, resulting from the collaboration of four partners: Marseille Capitale de la Mer, Synergie Family, Le Cercle des Nageurs and the CMA CGM Foundation. Thus, children learn to swim and live edutainment experiences to understand, love and respect the sea. Let us remember on this occasion that "Marseille Capitale de la Mer" brings together the living forces of the Marseille city, whether they are economic, cultural, industrial, hand-crafted, sports, gastronomic, environmental, academic, social, or institutional, to enhance the sea as an urban resource. The team of the OceanoScientific association is therefore happy to support this initiative to raise awareness of the major role of the sea in our urban lives. 


Despite a rather cool temperature for the outskirts of Frioul at this time of year, little explorers follow the advice of Carla Di Santo (OceanoScientific) to swim to discover the resident fauna and flora of the islands of Marseille.

Photo OceanoScientific

Monday, March 14, 2022

 Preparation of scientific equipment and procedures 

The scientific team of the OceanoScientific association is expanding and progressing in the preparation of the OceanoScientific Expeditions 2022-2027 . On the one hand, the definition of procedures relating to DNA and RNA sequencing of samples of marine organisms. They will be carried out on board the new OceanoScientific Explorer called LOVE THE OCEAN during next winter (austral summer). On the other hand, the constituent equipment of Version 3.0 of the OSC System. The technical collaboration with the antenna of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) of Plouzané (Brest - France) thus continues under the directives of the engineer Denis Diverrès, whose wise advice allowed the success of the 2016-2017 OceanoScientific Expedition under 40th South. As for the great innovation which will consist in carrying out the genetic sequencing of marine organisms from the coral reefs of the French islands of the Indian Ocean on a sailboat, a partnership has been implemented with the École de l'ADN directed by Professor Christian Siatka in Nîmes (France). 


On February 22 and 23, 2022, in the premises of the École de l'ADN in Nîmes, Linn Sekund, on the left, and Carla Di Santo supervise Professor Christian Siatka who teaches them the essential gestures of the sequencing procedures that they will have to implement on board the LOVE THE OCEAN catamaran. Photo OceanoScientific

After Linn Sekund, a Swedish woman with a master's degree in marine biodiversity conservation obtained in Portugal after a degree in environmental management in Great Britain, who joined the  OceanoScientific Expeditions in the course of 2020 as Scientific Coordinator, it is Carla Di Santo's turn to join the OceanoScientific association at the start of 2022. Previously a laboratory technician in medical microbiology, responsible for marine conservation programs in the Maldives or a professional diver in Marseille, Carla Di Santo holds a master's degree in aquatic bio-resources completed by a project manager diploma in sustainable aquaculture and fisheries from the University of Montpellier. In the OceanoScientific team, Carla Di Santo is both Scientific Coordinator and Dive Manager.


For her part, last year, Linn Sekund supplemented her scientific and environmental skills with professional diving training. Both will indeed work in tandem to collect samples of marine organisms on the coral reefs, then to carry out the sequencing as soon as they return on board LOVE THE OCEAN.


This bioprospecting will target four distinct families of marine organisms: anthozoa (coral, anemones, jellyfish); ascidians (invertebrates); sponges (sponges); plants (algae). The objective is as much the search for unknown or genetically misunderstood marine organisms as the preservation of the genetic heritage of the French underwater domain, the largest in the world.


The genetic sequences that will result from these bioprospects will be carefully stored in a cloud to be accessible as a priority to French students, scientific institutes, but also to Health and Well-being manufacturers. In this way, it will be possible to economically and virtuously exploit these fantastic French natural resources through biomimicry. It is a concrete way to preserve life on the reefs by avoiding looting. It is also an opportunity to preserve the genetic heritage of organisms that have lived on the planet for several hundred million years (cnidaria / anthozoa) and which are now threatened with extinction due to the increase in temperature and acidity of seawater, direct consequences of human activity (anthropism).


Using technology from the OSC System Version 2.1 which successfully operated around the world during the austral summer of 2016-2017, Denis Diverrès and Linn Sekund are currently designing Version 3.0, as seen here on February 10, 2022 in the workshop of the IRD IMAGO branch of the Ifremer Campus in Plouzané (Brest - France).

Photo OceanoScientific

In the DNA School lab, Linn Sekund, left, and Carla Di Santo familiarize themselves with the equipment they will use aboard the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN when they are on the French coral reefs of the islands of the Indian Ocean, at the very beginning of the year 2023. Photo École de l'ADN


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Biologique Recherche renews its support

for the benefit of OceanoScientific Expeditions

Biologique Recherche, the professional brand of personalized cosmetic products and treatments, confirms its support for the OceanoScientific Expeditions 2022-2027, the major theme of these oceanographic sailing campaigns without CO2 emissions will be the bioprospecting of unknown coral sites. This will involve carrying out on-board DNA and RNA sequencing in order to better understand the individuals of four families of underwater biodiversity: Anthozoans (coral, sea anemones, jellyfish), Ascidians (invertebrates), Sponges (sponges) and Plants (algae). The purpose of these expeditions will be to safeguard the genetic heritage of marine organisms threatened by the rise in temperature and the acidification of the Ocean, for the benefit of Science, Health and Well-being..


Biologique Recherche was on board the catamaran AMAALA EXPLORER 

during the OceanoScientific Contaminants Mediterranean Expedition 2020.

Founded in 1977, Biologique Recherche skincare is formulated with natural and biotechnological, highly concentrated, active ingredients and with no artificial fragrance in its own laboratory in France. The Biologique Recherche's Methodology has earned an outstanding reputation for effectiveness, thanks to its winning combination: a clinical approach to personalized skincare. Biologique Recherche is the partner of choice in over 85 countries for exclusive medical spas and day spas in addition to the world’s premiere luxury hotel spas. Its flagship, the Ambassade Biologique Recherche, is located at 32 avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris.


Rupert Schmid and Pierre-Louis Delapalme, co-presidents of Biologique Recherche, support in a philanthropic way the actions of general interest of the association OceanoScientific France: "Aware that the future of our planet lies in the preservation of our natural resources, it is important for us to support concrete initiatives that are part of this approach. We have thus accompanied Yvan Griboval's expeditions from the start, because his navigations provide scientific insight into the impact of the man on the Ocean. It is therefore natural to support this new project which will make it possible to better understand the evolution of threatened marine organisms, in order, perhaps, to save them by advancing research".


 Director of OceanoScientific Expeditions, Yvan Griboval thanked Biologique Recherche for its support over many years: "A long-term patronage commitment is the most valuable asset we can have to carry out effective philanthropic actions. This is the case of Biologique Recherche's effort and we appreciate it at its fair value! Biologique Recherche has long integrated environmental issues into its development strategy. Together, we share essential values of preserving Nature and the Ocean."


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

KSB Western Europe Official Partner of OceanoScientific Expeditions

The KSB group, represented by Bruno Monjoint, Regional Executive Officer KSB Western Europe and Boris Lombard, President of KSB SAS, is committed alongside explorer navigator Yvan Griboval in the OceanoScientific Expedition : collecting by sail without CO2 emissions aboard the LOVE THE OCEAN catamaran for physico-chemical data at the Air-Sea interface to assist scientists in studying the components of climate and chemical and noise pollution over a 5,500 nautical mile (10,200 km) journey from Toulon (France) to Antwerp (Belgium) via Monaco. This will be an opportunity to raise young people's awareness of sea trades by encouraging them to RESPECT and LOVE the Ocean.


From left to right at the Maison de l'Océan (Paris): Bruno Monjoint (KSB Western Europe), Yvan Griboval,

Dr. Stephan Timmermann (KSB Group) and Boris Lombard (KSB France).

Founded in 1871, KSB is a German group established throughout the world. The company produces and markets pumps, industrial valves, fluid management systems and offers associated services (installation, maintenance, etc.). For 150 years, KSB has transported all types of fluids in the building, industry, water and energy sectors, on land and at sea.  


Bruno Monjoint said: "It's a great meeting between a scientific project around water and the KSB Western Europe region, to share and inspire positive change. This human adventure will bring together our cultures, our customers, our partners and our employees to give life to this commitment.


Boris Lombard confirmed: "We are proud to embark on this ambitious expedition that combines oceanographic research and collective intelligence to raise, today, our level of knowledge of the Ocean in order to act more responsibly tomorrow ."

Dr. Stephan Timmermann, Chief Executive Officer of the KSB Group, explained: "Combining ecology, economy and corporate culture is a central and essential subject for us in charting our path towards the sustainable development. Investing in research and the acquisition of open data makes it possible to share the encouraging prospects of sustainable development with as many people as possible. This is also the responsibility of a major industrial brand like KSB."


Director of OceanoScientific Expeditions , Yvan Griboval thanked KSB managers for their commitment: " It is important to wear the colors of companies that put industrial technology at the service of the sustainable preservation of Nature's resources. However, through its various trades and its major role in the collection and transport of water, KSB contributes to minimizing the impact of human activity on natural resources.


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

EXSYMOL Official Partner of OceanoScientific Expeditions

The Monegasque company EXSYMOL, represented by its Chairman, Pierre Bondon, is committed alongside explorer navigator Yvan Griboval as part of the next OceanoScientific Expeditions. The dual purpose will be to safeguard the genetic heritage of marine organisms from coral reefs that have been little or not explored, in particular for the purposes of virtuous exploitation by biomimicry (copying Nature) for the benefit of Science, Health and Well-being; but also the mobilization of young people in their cycle of studies to make them aware of sea trades and to encourage them to RESPECT and LOVE the Ocean.


Both Members of the Yacht Club of Monaco, Pierre Bondon (on the left) and Yvan Griboval have chosen a salon of this prestigious Club, whose OceanoScientific Explorers flie the burgee, to officially contract.

EXSYMOL, created in Monaco in 1972, is a "Creator and producer of active ingredients" which designs innovative and effective active solutions with a high naturalness index to offer products (ingredients) inspired by Nature, respectful of it, in more than forty countries. Its success with the largest cosmetics companies is based on understanding the needs of the skin and its ability to provide cosmetic solutions with pharmaceutical rigor. EXSYMOL's specialty is based on ingredients derived from a technology relating to bioactive silicon: Silanols.


Following the signature of this contract, Pierre Bondon declared: "To be delighted to take part in this adventure. Beyond the strong personal attraction for the sea, I am convinced that the future will go through a better knowledge of the Ocean as well as increased respect for this environment essential to life on Earth. The missions of raising awareness of the protection of the Ocean, and research of scientific data of the OceanoScientific Expeditions correspond perfectly to the DNA of EXSYMOL."


Director of  OceanoScientific Expeditions and President of the OceanoScientific associations, Yvan Griboval was delighted "to take on board with us a Monegasque company which bases its activity and its development on active principles derived from Nature and in respect for it. Preserving the Ocean and its biodiversity for future generations means being able to virtuously marry Ecology and Economy, where Man is content with his rightful place in Nature, with humility. EXSYMOL is sincere in its societal and environmental commitments. We therefore are proud to have EXSYMOL by our side in these new philanthropic expeditions in the service of Science, for Humanity. See you at the end of March for a first campaign, departing from the Yacht Club of Monaco."


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Surprising scientific results

The OceanoScientific Mediterranean Contaminants Expedition 2020 was carried out under sail without CO2 emissions or waste on the initiative and under the direction of Yvan Griboval (OceanoScientific France / OceanoScientific Monaco / SailingOne - LOVE THE OCEAN) with the maxi-catamaran (33,50 m) AMAALA EXPLORER ex-CLUB MED - the largest ocean racing catamaran in the world - from Monaco to Monaco, from the 15th to the 29th of October 2020 with a crew of nine people towards the mouth of the Tiber River (Fiumicino near Rome - Italy), with port calls in Porto Cervo (Sardinia - Italy), Barcelona (Spain) and La Seyne-sur-Mer (France), on a course of 1,000 nautical miles.


The scientific objective of the OceanoScientific Mediterranean Contaminants Expedition 2020 was to study the nature and density of organic chemical compounds that affect the marine environment and poison phytoplankton, at nine sampling stations determined together with Jean-Louis Gonzalez from the Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer).


This OceanoScientific Mediterranean Contaminants Expedition 2020 highlighted important levels of Tributyltin (TBT) within five miles from the shoreline, at depths ranging from 47 to 65 metres, with a higher peak in the North-East of Barcelona where a concentration of 6.12 ng/L was measured, i.e. a value four times higher than the Environmental Quality Standard (EQS) set at 1.5 ng/L. These high concentrations can be explained by the important port and maritime commercial activity (cargo ships, tankers, ferries, liners, etc.) and by the persistence of TBT in the sediments, even after its gradual ban in the late 1980s.


The further away from the coast and the greater the depth, the lower the traces of Tributyltin (TBT). Moreover, traces of contaminants are particularly low around the Isle of Elba, between Corsica and Italy, far from any large commercial harbour.


Nevertheless, in the North of Sardinia (Italy), not far from the Southern tip of Corsica (France), within the Bonifacio Strait International Marine Park (PMIBB - France/Italy), the levels of Tributyltin (TBT) significantly exceeded the Environmental Quality Standard (EQS), highlighting the fact that marine pollution is taking place in Marine Protected Areas (MPA).


Conversely, it would not have been surprising to find a high concentration of Tributyltin (TBT) in the Bay of Toulon (France), Europe's largest military port and a major maintenance site for super yachts. However, the TBT level there is significantly lower than the Environmental Quality Standard (EQS).


This expedition made it possible to test the use of the SBSE (Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction) sampling technique on board a sailing boat with real technical and energy constraints. It offers significant advantages in terms of sensitivity and ease of use. The SBSE technique is therefore validated for the next OceanoScientific Expeditions.


The quality partnership implemented for more than twelve years with the Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer) within the framework of the OceanoScientific Programme has once again confirmed its relevance and effectiveness for the benefit of the scientific community.


Ifremer scientists, experts in contaminants, were highly involved in the project and were present alongside the OceanoScientific team, both for the training in the collection of samples and the implementation of protocols. Ifremer also provided dedicated equipment for controlled efficiency.


Further studies about chemical and organic contaminants are fundamental to better understand their fate in the marine environment, their impact on marine organisms and, potentially, on human health. Carrying out this work under sail without any CO2 emissions, in particular thanks to an OceanoScientific Explorer, such as the AMAALA EXPLORER chartered for the occasion, is an additional asset for the international oceanographic community.

Summary of sampling stations SBSE (Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction)


LOQ: Limit of quantification

LOD: Limit of detection

In alphabetical order, we thank the partners of the OceanoScientific Contaminants Méditerranée 2020 Expedition  : AMAALA & Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia  (PIF), Biologique Recherche , French Institute of Research for the Exploitation of the Sea  (Ifremer), Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation  (FPA2), Fundación Ecomar, Fundació Navegació Oceànica de Barcelona  (FNOB), Groupe des Papeteries de Clairefontaine , Ports de la Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée  (TPM), One Ocean Foundation , Yacht Club Costa Smeralda  (YCCS), Yacht Club de Monaco  (YCM).