The innovative solutions developed by the project will improve the ecological status of the waters in which they will be deployed. During the project, 7 different sites, spread out in 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% of the 6 main descriptors of the ecological status relative to the initial state (before the deployment of the biomimetic infrastructure).

The economic profitability of biomimetic MIs will be ensured by working with known materials and constructions techniques to ensure a negligible extra cost (<5%) as compared to existing technologies. We will ensure the fast-tomarket placing of our solutions by creating trainings (WP5) and business models for ordering institutions, engineers and construction companies.

WP1 – Project management

Responsible : ESITC Caen,  co-leader US

Coordination tasks cover administrative, legal and financial activities. Day to day management is structured to ensure communication between partners, organisation of and follow up to meetings, coordination, monitoring and control of activities, supervising technical developments along with quality assurance, and effective implementation of financial procedures.

WP2 – Communication

Responsible : ESITC Caen

The project communication will be led by ESITC and co-led by US with support of UB and PNA.

The communication actions will aim in making well-known the MARINEFF project and the role of the FCE programme and the ERDF in the achievement of main results in terms of enhancement of the coastal and transitional water quality.

WP3 – Pilot operation: biomimetic MI for the creation of a specific habitat

Responsible : University of Southampton

The objective of this WP is to develop a new MI to support, protect and improve native oysters’ survival and reproduction in natural environment.

2 experimental sites will be jointly developed in FR and EN to design the materials and optimize the technical solution. They will also improve the transferability of the solution in order to promote a long-term restoration strategy for the entire F(C)E zone.

After these optimizations, a large scale pilot operation will be developed in the Solent with the immersion of 50 MI in an area of 1ha hosting 20 000 native oysters.


WP4 – Biomimetic MI for the improvement of the ecological status of the marine environment

Responsible : ESITC Caen, co-leader BU

In WP4, we will develop innovative biomimetic MI to recreate within them lost habitats and features. For this, the partnership brings together marine biologists, materials experts and MI professionals.

The joint development of new cement based materials imitating natural habitats will allow the development of 3 MI:

  • a harbour dyke
  • groynes
  • moorings for yachting.

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

WP5 – Professionnel network 

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

Consultations with all stakeholders are crucial to implement MARINEFF innovative solutions. But, to guarantee the effectiveness of the project, only a few stakeholders can be included as full partners. That’s why we have decided to deploy a profesionnal network aiming at the following objectives: forcing the results’ dissemination and speeding time to market of our technical solutions through dedicated trainings; recruiting representative of stakeholders to participate in the working groups of MP 3 and 4; ensuring long term results with the continuation of the network after the end of the project.