The new technologies developed by the Marineff project will improve the ecological status of the waters in which they will be deployed. During the project, 7 different sites, spread over the FCE area, will benefit from these improvements. Improvements in the ecological status of water will be measured by an improvement of at least 15% in the 6 main descriptors of the DCSMM compared to the initial state (before the deployment of biomimetic marine infrastructure).

Map of NUTS and biomimetic IM deployment sites in FR and GB.

The economic profitability of biomimetic MI is ensured by working with materials and construction techniques known to guarantee negligible additional costs (<5%) compared to existing technologies. We will accelerate the market launch of our solutions through the creation of training courses (WP T3) and business models for clients, prime contractors and companies.

WP M – Management

Leader: ESITC Caen,  co-leader US

Coordination tasks cover administrative, legal and financial activities. Daily management is structured to ensure communication between partners, organization and follow-up of meetings, coordination, follow-up and control of activities, supervision of technical progress, in parallel with quality assurance and implementation of financial procedures

WP C – Communication

Leader: ESITC Caen

The communication of the project will be led by ESITC and co-piloted by US with the support of BU and PNA, and will aim to raise awareness of the Marineff project as well as recognition of the role of the FCE programme and the ERDF in achieving concrete results in terms of improving coastal and transitional water quality.

WP T1 – Pilot operation : Biomimetic MI for the creation of a specific habitat

Leader: University of Southampton

The objective of this WP is to develop a new MI capable of receiving, protecting and improving the survival and reproduction of oysters in the wild. 2 experimental sites will be developed jointly in FR and UK to design the materials and optimize the technical solution. They will also improve the transferability of the solution by accompanying a long-term restoration strategy valid for the entire FCE area. After these optimizations, a large-scale pilot operation will be developed in the Solent with the immersion of 50 MI in a 1ha area hosting 20,000 flat oysters.

WP T2 – Biomimetic MI for the improvement of the ecological status of the marine environment

Leader: ESITC Caen, co-leader BU

In the WP T2, we are developing innovative biomimetic MIs that directly recreate lost habitats within them. To achieve this, the partnership brings together marine biologists, materials experts and IM professionals. The joint formulation of cementitious materials adapted to the imitation of natural habitats will make it possible to develop 3 MI:

  • a port dike,
  • erosion control groins,
  • anchorages for pleasure craft.

To ensure the transferability of our results throughout the Channel, our technologies will be deployed at 5 sites: 1 pilot operation in Cherbourg, and 5 experimental sites including Bournemouth, Isle of Wight, Ouistreham, Bernières-sur-mer and Dinard Bay.

WP T3 – Professional network

Leader: Bournemouth University Higher Education Corporation / co-leader PNA

The innovations developed by Marineff can only be carried out in consultation with all stakeholders. However, to ensure the effectiveness of the project, only a limited number of stakeholders can be included in the project as a project partners. This is why we have decided to deploy a professional network with the following objectives: to force the dissemination of results and accelerate the market launch of technical solutions through dedicated training; to recruit stakeholder representatives who will be integrated into the T1 and T2 working groups; and to ensure the sustainability of the results after the end of the project through the continuation of this network.