For the Marineff project, the deliverables and deliverables are as follows:

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

Leader: University of Southampton

Activity T1.1 Working group

A working group is formed to develop the biomimetic MI specifications 

→ 1 specification

Activity T1.2. Development and optimization

First development step to test 4 shell concretes of different formulation (to optimize larval fixation) and optimize key MI parameters (dimensions, optimal oyster density) on 2 experimental sites

→ Experimental site 1 (ES1) = 4 prototypes at Luc-sur-mer

→ Experimental site 2 (ES2) = 4 prototypes in the Beaulieu River

Activity T1.3. Manufacturing and immersion of biomimetic MIs

On the basis of optimized design (deliverable T1.2.1), a pilot operation is carried out. 50 biomimetic MIs will be manufactured and immersed near Calshot in the Solent over an area of about 1 ha (100m*100m). The objective of this pilot operation is to reintroduce approximately 20,000 oysters into their natural environment.

→ 1 Pilot Operation (PO1) in Solent

Activity T1.4. Environmental monitoring of biomimetic MIs

The project provides for environmental monitoring of all prototypes (ES1, ES2 and PO1) until the end of the project and for a minimum of an additional 5 years for PO1.

→ Environmental Monitoring Report

Activity T1.5. Business model

A business model will be developed based on the results of activities T1.2, T1.3 and T1.4. This model will provide tailored recommendations on building materials to be used, manufacturing and investment needs for the development of conservation MI for native oysters, regardless of the marine environment in which they are located.

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

Leader: BUILDERS Ecole d’ingénieurs 

Activity T2.1. Working group

Constitution of a working group with the objective of taking into account the needs and expectations of the stakeholders of projet

→ 1 specification

Activity T2.2. Design and development of materials

The development of cementitious materials for the different MIs according to the specifications (T2.1)

→ Biomimetic materials for MI

Activity T2.3. Manufacturing and immersion

In accordance with the specifications (D. and using optimized materials and manufacturing methods (T2.2), partners and manufacturers will manufacture biomimetic IM.

These will be deployed on the following sites:

→ Experimental site 3 (ES3) = Rockpools in Bournemouth and Isle of Wight

→ Experimental site 4 (ES4) = Rockpools at Ouistreham

→ Experimental site 5 (ES5) = Dyke modules in Bernières-sur-mer

→ Experimental site 6 (ES6) = Moorings in Dinard Bay

→ Pilot Operation 3 (PO3) = Moorings in Dinard Bay

Activity T2.4. Development of indicators and environmental monitoring

One environmental monitoring of PO2 and ES3 to 6 sites will make it possible to analyse, in particular, the dynamics of colonisation of biomimetic IM by benthic fauna and flora and mobile species. The objective is to achieve a 15% increase in the D1 to D6 descriptors of the MSFD (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) through biomimetic MIs.

→ Environmental monitoring report

Activity T2.5. Business model

A business model will be established to demonstrate the feasibility and economic potential of IMs biomimétiques

→ 1 business model

WP T3 – Professional network

Leader: Bournemouth University 

The innovations developed in the Marineff project can only be achieved 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:

  • Creation and animation of a network via quarterly newsletters and a database of members;
  • Specialised events of the network via participation in conferences, workshops, visits to pilot operations and experimental sites;
  • Professional training of target groups using the technical, environmental and economic tools developed in the Marineff project;
  • Academic training in universities, engineering schools and specialised masters.