Romain Troublé, General Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation and President of Ocean and Climate platform (POC)

[COP26] Making the Ocean our best ally in the fight against climate change

Friday, November 5 What is a COP? COP means ‘Conference of Parties’. The Parties are the signatory states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), signed at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, meet. The objective of the UNFCCC is for States to implement actions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions

Part 3 of the Microbiome mission: the schooner Tara samples the West African coast for 5 months

An ambitious scientific program in West Africa For 5 months, the schooner will stopover in 7 African countries: South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Gambia and Senegal. During this presence along the African coasts, the Tara Ocean Foundation and associated research institutes will delve into 3 major scientific projects: The

Plastic pollution, the solutions are circular

To find the best solutions, we need to go back to the source of the problem. The current economic model, based on the extraction of resources, their transformation and then their destruction, depletes the planet and generates mass waste. This is true regardless of the resources, whether organic or geological in origin. This impasse was

Looking for a coccolithophore bloom off Argentina by Flora Vincent

Her journey to become a researcher A childhood in contact with the Ocean Flora was born in the south of France. She spent a lot of time during school holidays discovering the Mediterranean Sea. At the age of 8, she became passionate about scuba diving and something clicked: “I could spend hours underwater looking at fish,

Plastic pollution in the Ocean: What are the Tara Ocean Foundation’s levers for action?

What is plastic? Plastic is not a single material. There are thousands of types, with a wide variety of visual, mechanical and technical properties. This diversity of physical properties can be explained in two ways:  First by the initial diversity of plastic polymers such as polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyethylene (PET).

5,500 new RNA virus species discovered in the Ocean using samples collected during Tara Oceans mission

Discovering the RNA virosphere The ocean was once thought to be a vast desert in terms of viruses. Today, scientists are turning to the multitudes we now know inhabit the world’s seas to unravel mysteries of their biology, evolution, and function. While viruses are synonymous with disease, they also infect smaller organisms that run the

Tara-Jambio mission: studying microplastic pollution in Japan

If the Japanese coasts are known to shelter a significant biodiversity, they are also known for their high concentration of microplastics, these particles of a size between 0.3 and 5 millimeters, forming a pollution almost invisible to the eye, complex and difficult to treat. Identify and better understand the fragmentation of this plastic waste and

Why is scientific research essential in Antarctica?

Discovering the Antarctic continent 1- Geography and climate What is the surface area of Antarctica? More than 98% of this continent is covered with ice. In this area of the globe, different types of ice coexist: the ice cap and sea ice.  The ice cap is a freshwater glacier (resulting from long-term accumulation of continental snow) covering an

Microbiome mission: Tara studies the Brazilian coasts

Ecosystems are rich in biodiversity off the coast of Brazil  The Brazilian coasts are characterized by the presence of strong ocean currents. These currents ensure an extended mixing of the Amazon waters in the Atlantic Ocean that influences marine life. The first stage of the mission was to study the Amazon plume. The Amazon plume: 2

Become an artist-in-residence aboard the schooner Tara

Become an artist-in-residence aboard the schooner Tara

Science has always been a source of inspiration for artists. Aboard the  schooner, they observe and transcribe, according to their sensitivity and  imagination, the richness of the oceans, the research, and daily life in close  quarters.  Calls for residency  On each new mission, residencies aboard the schooner are an opportunity to  cultivate different perspectives, create

Plankton sample after filteration through a 10 micron filter ©Sarah Fretwell // Tara Ocean Foundation

COP : is a happy ending possible ?

November 16th, 2021, National climate action plans far from the goal of 1.5°C In the COP26 negotiation spaces, we no longer discuss whether or not there is a climate crisis, as it has been the case for too long in the past. It was time to discuss solutions for mitigating the effects of climate change

Another failure of CCAMLR negotiations: no new MPAs in Antarctica!

October 30, 2021 CCAMLR: An historic conservation success story, but today nature is in an impasse. The CCAMLR, first founded in 1982, now brings together 37 signatory countries, including 26 member nations with voting rights, and 11 states without voting rights. The Commission aims in particular to take measures to facilitate research and scientific cooperation,

Become a partner

Become a partner

Why become a partner of Fondation Tara Océan? Companies, corporate foundations, private endowment foundations and funds provide essential support to the work of Fondation Tara Océan. Our wish is to establish sincere and lasting collaborations with each of our partners. Within the reaches of general interest, the partnerships established enable the foundation to develop its work and respond to emergencies linked to

Become a volunteer for the Tara Ocean Foundation

On stopovers during expeditions in France and abroad Become a Tara guide, telling the schooner’s story. Participate in events at quay: helping with logistics, guiding the public,  Sharing information as an interpreter.  During one-time events (festivals, Fête de la Science) throughout France workshops and awareness-raising activities for the general public At Tara Ocean Foundation headquarters