French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (IFREMER)

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Created in 1984, Ifremer is a public institute with an exclusively marine vocation. It develops research, expertise and service activities for understanding, predicting, protecting and sustainably managing the ocean resources. For these purposes, it designs and operates observational, experimental and monitoring tools and modelling platforms. It manages the French ocean fleet for the entire scientific community. It comprises 1700 salaried employees.
At a national level, Ifremer plays an important role in the implementation process of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Under the responsibility of the Ministry of Ecology, Ifremer especially coordinates the scientific and technical work on the initial assessment of the environmental status and on the MFSD’s Good Environmental Status. Ifremer is a member of the national and local marine advisory councils. Ifremer has contacts with partner organisations in many countries and especially with those interested in the north-east Atlantic Ocean (the Greater North Sea, the Celtic Seas, the Bay of Biscay, and the Mediterranean Sea).

Role of IFREMER in STAGES

IFREMER will lead WP3 which aims to identify the needs for further research to improve the scientific underpinning for the implementation of MSFD. It will:
* Synthesise the research recommendations resulting from previous significant initiatives, most of which Ifremer was involved in.
* Contribute to the four workshops, incorporating its experience of implementing the MSFD.
* Synthesise the scientific recommendations in short briefing documents targeted at decision makers.
It will also contribute to the other work packages, giving support to the compilation of information in WP2 and WP4 and contributing to project dissemination in WP5.

Description of personnel involved in the project:

Morgan Le Moigne has a Master of Science in Marine Geology from Lille/Orsay Universities. Then followed a one year training course in scientific mediation. At Ifremer, Morgan works on coordinating projects on behalf of the Ministry of Environment. She was responsible for coordinating the monitoring programm of the ecological and ecotoxicological consequences of the 'Erika' tanker oil spill. She then moved to support to the coordination of the ROCCH project (Network Monitoring of the chemical contamination of the French coast). In 2011, she joined the coordination team for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive for French coastal waters.

 

 

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