Rewilding Europe is delighted to welcome the BioRestore mission to the European Rewilding Community (ERN). The addition of this progressive French mission, which focuses on the restoration of marine fish populations, takes the variety of pan-European community members to 68 (together with Rewilding Europe’s eight operational areas).
The BioRestore project is managed by Ecocean, a French firm which specialises in creating and implementing new strategies and instruments for the restoration and sustainable use of marine ecosystems. Began in 2012, it entails restocking wild fish populations – which can be threatened by elements equivalent to overfishing, costal artificialization or air pollution – by way of an progressive, scientifically validated, three-stage technique primarily based on the lifecycle of coastal fish. The video under illustrates the method.
“Ecocean has been dedicated to rewilding marine fish populations since 2003,” says firm CEO and founder Gilles Lecaillon. “The event of our distinctive restocking course of has given us expertise with a variety of tropical and Mediterranean fish species. We’re thrilled to be becoming a member of the ERN and the prospect of exchanging data and experience with fellow members.”
The BioRestore course of enhances the survival price of juvenile fish, which can endure mortality charges of as much as 99% as they develop within the wild. Put up-larval fish are initially captured by native fishermen utilizing Ecocean CARE mild traps. These are then raised in land-based fish farms, the place their mortality charges are far a lot decrease than within the wild (as little as 5%). They’re then launched again into the ocean at applicable websites as soon as they’ve reached an appropriate dimension (usually 6 – eight cm).
“The juvenile fish are given a ‘enhance’ at a vital stage of their life,” explains Lecaillon. “Aside from the nursery part, the place excessive mortality charges are prevented, your complete life of those fish might be spent in nature with none DNA modification.”
The patented BioRestore course of has already seen 85 completely different fish species collected at three websites within the French Mediterranean. With nursery farms in Marseilles and Toulon, hundreds of fish have subsequently been launched again into the wild annually.
“Our eventual intention is to supply a common instrument that may shield juvenile fish from broken marine areas and thereby enhance the resilience of fish populations within the face of varied threats,” says Lecaillon. “Going forwards, we need to lengthen the usage of this instrument to extra areas, particularly concentrating on endangered species, equivalent to groupers, and dealing to reinforce recruitment from inside them.”
Scaling up rewilding
Rewilding Europe is a part of a burgeoning pan-European rewilding motion which has seen many spectacular and galvanizing initiatives develop over current years. With rewilding-related initiatives persevering with to multiply and flourish throughout the continent, the target of the ERN is to attach, help and strengthen them.
The ERN has displayed spectacular progress since its launch on the WILD10, the World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca in October 2013. It operates on a stronger collectively philosophy, selling rewilding as a conservation method. Members meet commonly – often through webinar – to share data, perception and examples of finest apply.
Rewilding Europe extends a heat welcome to all rewilding initiatives and encourages them to use for membership of the ERN. Please view this page for extra data on software.