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Seabirds detoxify mercury ingested in their diet

Naturally highly exposed to methylmercury, top predators of high trophic level had to evolve to counteract the effects of this powerful neurotoxic. Thus, seabirds are able to detoxify methylmercury with selenium. This is what researchers from LIENSs and CEBC have studied with laboratories in Nantes and Grenoble. Read more

Ocean Sentinel’s flight rewarded by Europe

Ocean Sentinel receives the Horizon Impact 2020 Award for its new concept of monitoring illegal fishing. Read more

Whales, from Bangudae to La Rochelle

Whales hold a special place on our blue planet! The exhibition at the Museum of La Rochelle, with the participation of the PELAGIS observatory, proposes a dive among these fascinating animals. Until September 5, 2021. Read more

Let’s reconnect with nature

What if, after weeks of confinement, we were to open up more to the surrounding nature? This is the wish expressed by Sylvie Houte, a research engineer at the CNRS in Chizé. Read more

Southern Ocean squids show remarkable biodiversity and exceptional endemism

Austrailian birds and marine mammals reveal an unsuspected biodiversity of the oceanic squid they consume. This is what a recent study by the CEBC shows. Read more

The forest of Chizé, a sanctuary for snakes

Here is one of the last refuges for snakes in the south of Deux-Sèvres: the Chizé forest. A monitoring by scientists of the Centre d’études biologiques de Chizé (CNRS) for more than 25 years allows to demonstrate the very strong link between snakes and their habitat. These inventories carried out over the long term, with…
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Ocean Degradation: A Crazy Story

The global seabird population has halved over the last five decades. The decline of the Northern Gannet, although among the most resilient, indicates that the level of disturbance to marine ecosystems is reaching a critical threshold. This worrying alarm signal must lead to the urgent transformation of maritime policies, particularly on fisheries. Publication cited in…
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The mystery of the Isle of Pigs

An exceptional expedition to a lost island in the Southern Lands where man hadn’t set foot for 40 years. The Isle of Pigs, an integral nature reserve, was home to the world’s largest colony of king penguins. Aerial photos revealed a significant decline in the penguin population. In November 2019 scientists are sent on site…
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Arctic seabirds allow the tracing of mercury sources on a large spatial scale

Seabirds are exposed to alarming levels of mercury in the Arctic Ocean, an ecosystem where the methylation and bioaccumulation pathways of this pollutant of major concern are not fully known. A new study led by the Littoral, Environnement et Sociétés laboratory (LIENSs – CNRS / University of La Rochelle) in collaboration with the Institut des…
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OCEAN SENTINEL, winner of the Horizon Impact Award 2020

OCEAN SENTINEL (France), creates environmental and a policy impact by preserving the most threatened marine species including albatrosses, sharks, sea turtles, thus protecting the ecosystem. The project comprises an innovative technology to detect illegal fishing activity and gathers information for authorities, regional fishing and conservation agreements and non-governmental organization that are fighting to preserve the…
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