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A bridge between science, fishermen, aquaculture producers and the environment.

Located south of Bastia, between the Chjurlinu lagoon and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the UMS 3514 STELLA MARE of the University of Corsica and the CNRS (National Center For Scientific Research) focus primarily on marine and coastal ecological engineering in the Mediterranean. STELLA MARE’s activities are as diverse as they are complementary: research, transferring technology to and from marine professionals, raising awareness and accompanying projects.


European Spiny Lobster (PALINURUS ELEPHAS): The Stella Mare platform is one
of the three laboratories in the world to have raised juveniles



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In Corsica, more specifically in the municipality of Biguglia, Mediterranean fishing and aqua farming of the future are being imagined and projected. In this sea lives 7.5 % of the total world marine life, but eroding biodiversity has become a worldwide preoccupation. Today, all fishing resources must be seen and managed as precious heritage. Development and management must be organized to satisfy all needs, and at the same time, respect environmental protection.

From these observations, the University Pascal Paoli of Corsica created STELLA MARE, certified by the CNRS in 2011. The platform’s objectives are to bring concrete solutions to professionals concerning marine related problems, and to try to reconcile optimal exploitation with conservation of natural marine resources. Using ecological engineering, the platform promotes sustainable aquaculture and responsible fishing in direct collaboration with fishermen, fish farmers and environmental administrators. Together, the various groups address issues concerning nature, restoring the environment and protecting its biodiversity.





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Transforming research into wealth.

Special research programs focus on a number of individual species: the common sea urchin (Paracentrotus lividus), the European lobster (Homarus gammarus), the European flat oyster (Ostrea edulis), the snapper fish – denti (Dentex dentex) or the huge limpet – an aquatic snail (Patella ferruginea). For each of these species, investigation evolves around two poles: the environmental study, with analysis of biotic and abiotic indices and the assessment of stocks, followed by the zootechnical study to control reproduction and follow development to the juvenile stage. The work’s value is obvious, concerning breeding new local species for aquaculture: it economically diversifies the market, increasing depleted natural stocks, contributes to the ecological restoration of the marine environment in devastated, over-exploited zones and preserves biodiversity of native species in danger of extinction.

The oyster is a convincing example: scientific researchers are working on reproducing flat oysters to restock the depleted natural environment. These operations address professional difficulties: the demise of the species cultivated by oyster bed farmers (Japanese oyster or cupped oyster). The flat oyster has better resistance, a better taste and is worth more on the market than its Japanese congener. Besides, by reintroducing a local species into their natural environment, the goal is to attain a high value-added economic niche.

The specificity of STELLA MARE is to transfer the technological innovations developed on the site to marine professionals. As an example, while working on the research program “Behavioral Modelling of Marine species” researchers gained new skills in the fields of data acquisition and monitoring in natural environments using technology and connected objects. These technological innovations (developed and implemented together) participate in a rapidly expanding sector, offering important perspectives in expansion, education and employment.

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Plateforme STELLA MARESustainable TEchnologies for LittoraL Aquaculture and MArine REsearch


“Environmental Sciences” laboratory
(CNRS / Università di Corsica)


Antoine AIELLO



Marie-France PIERI
+33 (0)4 95 45 06 97 |  stellamare@univ-corse.fr

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