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.

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with the Tara Ocean Foundation

To better understand the ocean
The future of humanity depends directly on the health of the ocean.
To change behaviour.
Studying and protecting the ocean means taking care of the global system of our planet
Sharing scientific knowledge about the ocean to raise public and collective awareness.
Developing high-level ocean science, with the best international research laboratories, to explore, understand and anticipate the disruptions linked to climatic and environmental risks as well as the impacts of various forms of pollution.

Our 7 expéditions majeures

2020 2022

Microbiomes Mission

Unravel the mysteries of the first actor present in all facets of ocean biodiversity, its fundamental basis: the microbiome.

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2006 2008

Tara Arctic

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.

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2009 2013

Tara Oceans

An expedition to the heart of the biodiversity of the planktonic world, with the Ocean under the microscope.

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2016 2018

Tara Pacific

To examine the biodiversity of coral reefs and their evolution in the face of climate change and the presence of man

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2019 2019

Tara Microplastics

An expedition along 9 major European rivers to describe and understand the origins and flux of plastic waste.

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2014 2014

Tara Mediterranean

Expedition dedicated to the scourge of plastic pollution, with the Mediterranean as our laboratory.

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2023 2024
Tara à Roscoff 2023

Tara Europa

Understanding the impact of human activities on the biodiversity of European coastal ecosystems!

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Mission Microbiomes

Uncovering the mysteries of ocean biodiversity


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