Our Experience

With more than 25 years of experience, Oceanic Développement carries a strong expertise and enjoys a broad notoriety at an international level in projects and funding management, in technical and economic assessments of the fishing industry, in prospective studies and the implementation of eco-certifications. One of our main strength is the experience achieved through the works provided to the European Commission on various topics about the Common Fisheries Policy.

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In the field of technical support, Oceanic Développement has led missions, for more than 15 years, in the monitoring and control of fishing activities, in data collection (surveys) for institutional bodies and research institutes. Our knowhow is renowned in designing development project, deploying data collection systems (inshore and offshore), in control and surveillance of fishing activities, in the supply of skilled workers for short or long term missions.

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The list of our latest experiences (the full list of our studies is here and the full list of technical support missions is here).

2013-2017

Indian Ocean – Gulf of Guinea

Design and implementation of a monitoring program on board French tropical tuna purse seiners (Programme d’Observateur Commun Unique et Permanent OCUP). Definition of observers’ missions. Development of the softwares to follow the program. Coordination of the program over Indian – Atlantic Oceans. Training of observers. Producer Organisation: Orthongel

2016-2017

Europe

“Blue Growth” in the EU and opportunities for small-scale fisheries

European Parliament

2016-2017

France

Feasibility study of national schemes determining the Best Possible Aquaculture Sites (MEAP) under the operational program of the European Fisheries Fund 2014-2020. French Fisheries Governement
2016

Europe

Study on the subsidies to the fisheries aquaculture and seafood processing ans marketing sector in major fishing nations beyond the EU. DG MARE
2013-2017

Gulf of Guinea

Implementation of a monitoring program on board French tropical tuna purse seiners aiming at the conservation and the sustainable exploitation of Bigeye Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna in respect with the ICCAT recommendations. Observers must be present on board any fishing vessels during the moratorium period running in January and February each year. Producer Organisation: Orthongel
2015-2017

France

Financial data collection concerning seafood processors (from both fishing and aquaculture). France AgriMer Institutional body.
2015-2016

Europe

Ex-post Evaluation of the European Fisheries Fund (period running from 2007 to 2013) – 1- Data collection in Austria. 2- Port Infrastructure Case Study at the European level. DG MARE (European Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
2015-2016

Indian Ocean

Analysis and synthesis report of collected data on board vessels equipped with monitoring cameras under OCUP program – “Electronic eye” Project. ORTHONGEL
2015-2016

Guadeloupe

Data collection in Guadeloupe for the « Fisheries Information System” managed by the French research institute IFREMER. Program staffed with 4 observers supplied by Oceanic Développement. Fieldworks and telephone surveys. Région Guadeloupe – IFREMER
2015-2016

France

Assessment of the needs within the maritime sectors of Pays d’Auray (Britanny – France) with the view to implmenting the SCOT program and applying to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2014-2020). Pôle d’Equilibre Territorial et Rural du Pays d’Auray (Local Council).
2015

Mediterranean Sea

Supply of observers for aerial surveys in the Mediterranean sea. Action Air Environnement.
2015

Black Sea

Implementation study of the legal obligation to land in the Black Sea. DG MARE (European Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
2015

Madagascar

Performance improvement plan for shrimp fishery industry in Madagascar. WWF
2015

France

MSC Certification Assesment of Pilchard seine fishing.

Bureau Veritas Certification

2015

France

Prospective evaluation of the options for insuring fishing and aquaculture activities under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2014-2020). DPMA – French Directorate for Maritime Affairs & Fisheries.
2015

France

Monitoring a fishing trawler (less than 12 meters / 40 ft) to assess the introduction of the european “Discardless” Program : implementing the landing obligation “in the real world”. Aquimer
2015

France

Scientific data collection at sea in the Bay of Biscay under fishing gear selectivity program (REDRESSE program). AGLIA (Professional association)
2014-2017

France

Implementation of a monitoring and catches samplings program at sea on board French fishing vessels. OBSMER Program.

Lot 1 – English Channel, North Sea. One Transverse topic (Saithe and deep-sea species).

Lot 2 – Celtic Sea, Irish Sea, Western Ireland, Northern Gulf of Biscay (Brittany), Western English Channel.

Sampling protocol comprising 2,100 working days at sea.

French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable development and Energy / Directorate General for Fisheries.

2014-2015

France

Supply of observers on board fishing trawlers in the Celtic Sea for the implementation of gear selectivity program. Producer Organisation “Pêcheurs de Bretagne”.
2014-2016

Antarctica

Design of a research plan for an exploratory fishing of Toothfish at Elan Bank and Ob and Lena area (CCAMLR Divisions 58.4.3a and 58.4.4). Presentation of the documents to the CCAMLR Working Group on Statistics, Assessments and Modelling (WG-SAM). Fishing Company Pêche Avenir
2014-2015

Guinea Bissau

Assessment of the existing legal framework regulating the co-management of protected marine areas. Evaluation of the requirements in terms of governance. Feasibility study on extending the co-management approach to the whole Guinea Bissau territory under the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP – GB)
2014-2015

France

Ex-ante strategic and environmental evaluation of the French Operational Programme (OP), drawn up for the implementation of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Establishment of the Performance Framework of the French OP. DPMA – French Directorate for Maritime Affairs & Fisheries.
2014

Atlantic Ocean

Feasibility study of the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tunas Tagging Programme (AOTTP). ICCAT
2014

France

Market study of the baits used by the longline fishing fleets targeting Thoothfish and Pelagics.
2014

UEMO Member countries

Benin, Ivory Coast, Burkina Fas, Mali, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Niger, Togo

Regional Enhancement Program for statistical fishing data collection in the Member States. Design of a regional database – 2nd Stage. UEMOA Commission.
2014

Member States of SRFC (Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone)

Preparation and technical assistance to the constitutive meeting of the TASK FORCE in support of the RAMPAO Network (Marine Protected Areas Network in West Africa). IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature.
2014

Member States of SRFC (Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone)

Identification of a subregional measure to mitigate the fishery impact on vulnerable marine fauna in West Africa. Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation in Western Africa (RPCM).
2014

Madagascar

Elaborating a framing document and establishing an action plan for the enhancement of the shrimp fishing industry in Madagascar. WWF
2014

Mozambique

Ex-post and Ex-ante evaluation of the protocol to the fishing agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mozambique. European Commission.
2013-2015

France

Pilot Study for the quantification of the fishing activities of vessels less than 12 meters (40ft) and registered in mainland France in support to the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable development and Energy. Assistance in research and identification of volunteer fishermen. GEOLOX Project, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable development and Energy.s
2013-2014

Europe

Prospective study of the conditions required for a « blue growth” in the maritime economy across Europe. Assistance to the impact assessment of blue biotechnologies. In collaboration with Ecorys BV (NL) for the European Commission.
2013-2014

Kiribati

Ex-post and Ex-ante evaluation of the protocol to the fishing agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Kiribati. European Commission.
2013

Western Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea, Conakry, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo)

Regional workshop for the strengthening of participatory surveillance capacities (WA-2.3-B11). ACP FISH 2.
2013

Central Africa

(Cameroon, Demoncratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé et Principe)

Enhancement of the skills of Fishing authorities’ technical staff : practical exercises in collecting, handling and analyzing fishing data – CA-1.5 – B7. ACP FISH 2.
2013

France

Risk assessment of submarine cables linking Saint-Brieuc and Saint-Nazaire offshore wind power stations, in regard with marine traffic (fishing activity and merchant vessels). Assessment of interference risks through several corridors hypothesis, using AIS vessel tracking data and physical features of the gears in contact with sea bottom (anchors, trawl nets, dredges). RTE.
2013

France

Assessment of a reference state of fishing resources prior to exploiting sands in Saint-Brieuc Bay. Chartering of two fishing vessels and conducting sampling trips using trawl net and dredges in respect with a given scientific protocol. Roullier Group.
2013

West Africa

(Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo)

Regional Workshop on streamlining and coherence of policies and interventions of regional economic organizations and regional fisheries organizations in West Africa (WA-5.2-B22). ACP FISH 2