Peau-BleueASSOCIATION:Build and share knowledge of aquatic life
Peau-Bleue is a non-for-profit organization that was created in 1995. Its main goal is to improve - and share - knowledge of the bewildering biological and ecological diversity of aquatic environment. During the past ten years, Peau-Bleue has developed several participatory or citizen science projects.
UnderWater Biology Trips (Voyages Bio Sous-Marine) - Since 2002, these trips offer amateur divers an opportunity to participate in underwater scientific studies. Today, they reach a new dimension, with new cooperation and eco-volunteering projects. Among the scientific programs that could be launched thanks to these UW Bio Trips, one can mention the Red Sea Fish Watch project, aiming at describing reef fish communities in the Red Sea and the seas surrounding Arabia.
Seahorse Quest (EnQuête d'Hippocampes) - This program, that includes the Hippo-ATLAS, Hippo-HABITAT and Hippo-THAU projects, started in 2005. Its goal is to study these bizarre fish, known to be endangered in many parts of the world, and so badly known in our waters. This program now also deals with pipefish species, that belong to the same family Syngnathidae.
A unique research project on Red Sea fish immigrated in the Eastern Mediterranean.
This diving scientific trip took place between September 26th and October 3rd, 2010. It was the third Peau-Bleue scientific...
Articles on our study of "Reserve effect" on fish in the Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserve have been published in l'Ecrin Bleu # 9 (information bulletin of the Marine Reserve), and in Marginatus, information bulletin of the Grouper Study Group (GEM, Groupe d'Etude du Mérou). This field mission was carried out in partnership with the Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserve and several research laboratories. For more details on this program, please check our online report.
Peau-Bleue in Paris International Dive Show
Peau-Bleue association will have a stand in the Paris International Dive Show : 11-13 January 2013, Porte de versaille, Hall 6, stand C01-A02.
Film : studying seahorses in Southern France
In partnership with the Seaquarium in Grau du Roi (Southern France), Peau-Bleue association has started studying a population of short-snouted seahorses. A report was shot on this project; this film can be seen here.
Hippo-Atlas in the Museum Data Base
Hippo-ATLAS records are now included in the French data base INPN (Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel) developped by the French Museum of Natural History. The INPN data can be consulted online : see for instance here, there or there).
TV program about Thau Lagoon
Next wednesday, the French television program "Des Racines et des Ailes" will deal with Languedoc-Roussillon lagoons, and especially with Thau lagoon seahorses. This program will report on our Hippo-THAU project.
Broadcasting : France 3, wednesday November 14th 2012, 20:45.
N-Sulawesi UW Biology trip in a French Magazine
Our Underwater Biology Trip in Indonesia (Fish Watch mission in North Sulawesi) features in the November issue of the French diving magazine: Plongée Magazine. This paper is also available online in the magazine's website (in French). Our photo report of this mission is available here.
Your photos in the World UW Pictures festival ?
Peau-Bleue association will be present in the 39th World Festival of Underwater Pictures in Marseille (France), 1st to 4th of November 2012. Come and meet our team in our stand, and bring your seahorse and pipefish photos : our specialists will help you upload them in the Hippo-ATLAS online database.
Hippo-THAU on France 3 channel
Last week-end, 12 divers participated in Hippo-THAU survey dives. A total of 58 survey transects were made on three different study sites in the Thau Lagoon (Southern France). 14 pipefishes and 4 seahorses were censused and photographed, and their micro-habitat was described. This "Operation Hippo-THAU" was the subject of a TV report in the local France 3 channel. This report can be seen here (select Journaux > Editions régionales > Languedoc Roussillon > 1920 Languedoc Roussillon 30/09/2012 [de 16'16" à 18'20"]).
RHIZOMA: the report
Peau-Bleue is the scientific partner of the RHIZOMA project concerning seahorses and pipefishes (Syngnathidae). The 2011 scientific report is now available here (PDF, 3.1 Mo, in French).
Seahorse survey in Grau du Roi
In partnership with Peau-Bleue association, The Seaquarium in Grau du Roi (Southern France) has engaged in a survey of coastal seahorse populations. Yesterday, 4 divers spotted 10 short-snouted seahorses, 1 long-snouted seahorse, and 1 greater pipefish, and recorded morphological and ecological data in order to better understand their biology. See the Hippo News section. To know more about Seaquarium, click here.