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Monaco Explorations wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Since 2020, the open innovation program “The Future of_ Plastic Waste” has aimed to implement practical solutions for recycling, transformation, and reduction of plastic waste in the Indian Ocean by supporting innovative and multi-stakeholder initiatives in Seychelles.
The Société des Explorations de Monaco is launching this call for expressions of interest for an artist’s residency on board the ship that will be chartered for its next expedition to the Indian Ocean, which is currently being prepared. This new expedition is the first part of the “Monaco Explorations” project approved as a contribution to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.
On Wednesday 13 October 2021, the documentary film “Alick and Albert”, directed by Douglas Watkins, opened the 23rd edition of the Festival du Cinéma des Antipodes in Saint-Tropez in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and several personalities.
Scientists from three joint research units (MARBEC, ENTROPIE and LIRMM) have just published a study using social networks and artificial intelligence to identify charismatic species of the marine megafauna of New Caledonia: dugongs, turtles and sharks. This work, entitled “Leveraging social media and deep learning to detect rare megafauna in video surveys”, is published in the international journal Conservation Biology.
20 days expedition to try and unravel the mystery of the corallogenic rings off Cap Corse! The Gombessa 6 expedition flotilla, composed of the support and assistance vessel Pionnier, the catamaran Victoria IV and the barge from the French National Institute of Professional Diving (INPP), arrived in the port of Monaco late on Monday 19 July. The four aquanauts: Laurent Ballesta, Antonin Guilbert, Thibaut Rauby and Roberto Rinaldi exited the “bathyal station” the next day, Tuesday 20 July at 6 pm, after completing their decompression cycle.
After Gombessa 5: Mediterranean Planet in July 2019, the “Gombessa 6: Cap Corse ” expedition, led by Laurent Ballesta and the Andromeda Oceanology team, is once again dedicated to the Big Blue. This new adventure to discover the deep sea, which began in May, is supported by the Principality of Monaco, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Monaco Explorations.
On 8 June last, on the occasion of World Oceans Day, the theme of which was “The Ocean: life and livelihood”, a dozen young people from the Unesco Club of the Charles III College in Monaco exchanged views on the Ocean and its future by videoconference with a class of CM2 from the “La Genette” school in La Rochelle, associated with Unesco.
On the occasion of the celebration of World Oceans Day on 8 June 2021, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission announced the list of the first set of international actions officially endorsed as part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development.
Environmental DNA sampling conducted during the Malpelo mission in 2018 revealed the presence of the world’s smallest sperm whale known as the Dwarf sperm whale in Colombian waters.