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Published by Mariella Eripret - CNC <> | Keywords : Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer ; IFREMER

Partner 9: Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer

Created in 1984, IFREMER is a public institute of an industrial and commercial nature (EPIC). It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research; Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Sea; and Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. IFREMER performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration.


Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two. Monitoring of the seas and coastal waters is conducted in support of public policy on management of the environment and its resources. Through expert advice, reports on studies, evaluation campaigns, and monitoring or surveillance networks of the marine environment, IFREMER provides expertise on the major scientific questions in its fields of competence and in collaboration with the professionals of the maritime world. IFREMER oversees the development, management and provision of large-scale research facilities – a research fleet, mainframe computer, data centers and experimental facilities – which are available to national and European scientific communities, as well as within private or public research partnerships. IFREMER is accompanying the shellfish sector since one century and provides applied research programs in the field of environment, monitoring, technology, advices and ICZM.

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Jean PROU has been working at IFREMER since 1978 and has been involved in many research programs concerning shellfish and environmental monitoring, ecophysiology, zootechnology and over many different countries and species. Now in charge of two IFREMER field stations on the Atlantic coast, he is involved in the relations between science and the shellfish sector in the Region of Poitou-Charentes, the first in Europe for oyster production. He was also involved in SPICOSA (science-policy interactions) EU program.

Dr. Pierre BOUDRY is a senior researcher at IFREMER (PhD, HDR). He has worked within IFREMER as a geneticist for 14 years, focusing on marine bivalves. His research interests include quantitative genetics and breeding, polyploidy and cytogenetic, phylogeny and population genetics, gene expression and genomics. Since 1995, he has supervised more that 10 PhD students, participated in numerous national and EU funded projects (e.g. GENEPHYS, BLUE SEED, AQUAFIRST, REPROSEED, SEAFARE, and PERLE). Three years ago, he moved from IFREMER Laboratoire de Génétique et Pathologie in La Tremblade to IFREMER LPI in Brest and has been in charge of the group working on physiological regulations in molluscs. He is the French representative in the Working Group on the Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture (WGAGFM) of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and has been a member of the Scientific Committees of the GIS ‘Cryobanque' and of the ‘Fondation Française de Recherche sur la Biodiversité’ (FRB) since 2007.

Dr René ROBERT is a senior researcher (PhD, HDR) at IFREMER. He joined the part of IFREMER formerly known as ISTPM in 1980. He has been the manager of the IFREMER Experimental Station at Argenton for the last 20 years and has 32 years of experience in clam, pectinids (scallops) and oyster aquaculture research. His expertise includes growth and reproduction of mollusks, ecotoxicological evaluation and the ecological and physiological requirements of larvae and seed - particularly focusing on their nutritional needs and diet improvement (phytoplankton production and alternative substitutes). Over the last 12 years he has regularly supervised PhD students and postdoctoral researchers (12) and has been leader of the IFREMER projects “Production of Quality Juveniles” and “Obtaining and Securing Spat Supply” whose objectives correspond to a bottleneck at European level nowadays. He has participated in several national and international projects on mollusk aquaculture (e.g. PNEC, MANTA, IMMUNAQUA, SETTLE, and PERLE) and is presently involved in the European projects REPROSEED, SEAFARE, BIVALIFE for securing mollusks hatchery spat production. He is member of EUROSHELL, a Thematic Group of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) on shellfish culture research, and a member of the steering committee of the World Oyster Society. 

Last modified on the Monday 30 December 2013