The Tara Ocean Foundation
The first foundation in France to be recognised as promoting the public interest dedicated to the ocean
Our future depends on the ocean and, wherever we live on this planet, we all need to understand and protect the ocean.
The first foundation in France to be recognised as promoting the public interest dedicated to the ocean, founded by Agnès Troublé called agnès b. in 2003 and chaired by Etienne Bourgois, the Tara Ocean Foundation is leading a scientific revolution around this ecosystem.
With its associated scientific consortia, it is developing innovative and original open ocean science which, in the future, will enable us to predict anticipate and better understand climate risks and better protect biodiversity.
It uses this high level scientific expertise and these sea voyages to raise awareness and educate young people and the public in general, to mobilise political decision makers at the highest level and to enable developing countries to access this new knowledge about the Ocean.
In order to rise to the challenges of the century, our actions are built on a public – private – citizen partnership.
Our 7 expéditions majeures
A high-risk 18-month expedition drifting with the sea ice on the edge of the North Pole to see the effects of climate change.See more
An expedition to the heart of the biodiversity of the planktonic world, with the Ocean under the microscope.See more
Expedition dedicated to the scourge of plastic pollution, with the Mediterranean as our laboratory.See more
To examine the biodiversity of coral reefs and their evolution in the face of climate change and the presence of manSee more
An expedition along 9 major European rivers to describe and understand the origins and flux of plastic waste.See more
Unravel the mysteries of the first actor present in all facets of ocean biodiversity, its fundamental basis: the microbiome.See more
Understanding the impact of human activities on the biodiversity of European coastal ecosystems!See more