Marine shell by-products provide key tool for artificial reefs in English Channel

Work is being carried out in order to improve the biodiversity of the marine ecosystem in the English Channel. A pilot reef was installed in the Channel and monitored; then the project and marine biodiversity results presented at an international conference.

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ERDF-funded project improves biodiversity of English Channel’s marine ecosystem ERDF-funded project improves biodiversity of English Channel’s marine ecosystem

" The European RECIF project aims at improving the ecosystem of the Channel area and better management of our marine resources. "

The RECIF project, which involves wide-ranging co-operation between partners in France and England, concerns the reuse of marine shell byproducts in concrete artificial reefs. The aim is to improve the use of marine resources and byproducts, specifically empty shells, in order to create innovative building materials for artificial reefs. The reefs will then be tested in the Channel, with the hope that they improve biodiversity.

Innovation to save diversity

In order to better manage marine resources and improve the ecosystem around the Channel coasts, the RECIF project aims to:

  • give added value to marine resources and byproducts (empty shells);
  • develop innovative construction materials from marine byproducts for artificial reefs; and
  • deploy these artificial reefs at sea in order to improve the biodiversity and production of the ecosystem of the Channel.

The RECIF project involves the participation of eight French and British partners and is backed by the Lower Normandy Regional Authorities.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “RECIF Reuse of marine shell byproducts in concrete artificial reefs” is EUR 2 763 259, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 1 381 629 from the Operational Programme “France (Channel) – England” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period under priority 2.

Draft date

25/01/2016