We are marine biologists

Our story began with the discovery of a tiny fish – The didogobius schlieweni – in the Banyuls-sur-mer marine reserve at the end of the last century… For the very young biologists we were at the time, it was a first scientific discovery, a first new image, but also a name and a concept. “In full awareness, illustrate and share using submarine images; and each image should have a scientific meaning and interest”. Twenty years later, the team has grown and become structured, but the pioneer spirit is still there. Our first passion, the protection of the marine environment, has become a global emergency. More than ever, it requires in-depth knowledge of ecosystems and the development of concrete solutions. Andromède Océanologie’s skills and experience are at the service of this major project and are structured along three lines:

Explore and magnify

The Gombessa sub-marine exploration missions by Laurent Ballesta are intended to reveal the sub-marine world and unite a wide audience around a threefold challenge: to solve a scientific enigma – carry out extreme dives – collect hitherto unseen images.
The films produced during the Gombessa expeditions are broadcast on Arté during prime time and are sold internationally. The “Gombessa IV”: 700 sharks in the night” film won 14 international awards and was runner up in the 2019 Emmy awards. In July 2019 alone, 170 press articles were published on the fifth Gombessa mission “Gombessa V: Planet Mediterranean” with 50.7 Million people potentially informed (source Kantar media).

Search and understand

Our Research and Development centre works closely with universities, mainly on water and coastal eco-system quality bio-indicators. The company has had a Research Tax Credit since 2014 and has created a laboratory that it shares with Montpellier university (Labcom “Intosea”) which was recognised by the French National research Agency in 2017. Andromede is currently in charge of implementing water and coastal ecosystem quality monitoring networks on behalf of the RMC Water agency for the Mediterranean. The monitoring results are available on the MEDTRIX cartography platform. This monitoring network makes it possible for France to fulfil its European obligations in terms of implementing the Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework directives (DCE, DCSMM).

Protect and restore

From impact analysis to the implementation of ecological restoration measures, Andromède Océanologie supports highly ambitious environmental marine projects to integrate each coastal or offshore project into its natural environment.

The Andromède Océanologie team works prior to the projects, to better understand the ecosystems and species present and to prevent foreseeable impacts. During works or operational phases, Andromède proposes to implement measures to reduce impacts and supports the Contracting Authority in the calibration and implementation of possible compensatory measures. Finally, Andromède Océanologie allows the publication of knowledge that is essential to raising the awareness of the general public and the involvement of the project stakeholders.
Andromède Océanologie has supported the project to extend Monaco into the sea from the preliminary studies and carried out the biggest Posidonia transplant operation ever carried out on behalf of Bouygues TP Monaco as part of the project.

Our transverse and structuring project: The DONIA app

DONIA is a mooring and navigation app for the general public that offers its users a new cartographic universe so that they can anchor away from Posidonia meadows (protected Mediterranean sea plant). Donia intends to become the “Waze of the sea”, i.e. the community app for all sea users, form divers to leisure cruisers.

Andromède Océanologie has received several awards including the “Entreprise & Environnement” prize and the « European Business Award for the Environment. In 2015 it was selected amongst the “100 French solutions for the climate” at the COP21. In 2017 Laurent Ballesta was named “Wildlife Photographer of the Year “ by the Natural History Museum.

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