Programme IPEV 1044 // nov. 2011- jan. 2012 : 1st scientific cruise around Kerguelen on board of La Curieuse // oct. - dec. 2013 : 2nd campaign with La Curieuse

Effects of global change on the marine benthos and habitats in Kerguelen Islands. Establishment of a base line for ecological and genetic monitoring, protection and conservation.

In the current context of climate changes, variations of the sea level and of marine biodiversity [particularly benthic], (extinction, shifts, replacements, “exotic” and invading species) will affect the Southern Islands, particularly in coastal waters.
Sites explored during past ocean cruises or by diving around Kerguelen, having given place to collections and research tasks, will be revisited during cruises of « La Curieuse ». The observations and the examination of these new collections will be compared with those carried out since the Seventies. All the data, old and new, will be captured in existing or compatible databases associated with a GIS. Certain species of which the genetic structure is known will be selected for a genetic monitoring and the determination of sensitive areas.
The whole will bring the scientific bases to the determination of zones to be protected (site, area and optimum distances between the protected zones) and managed.

PROTEKER is a pilot programme. It has a site here

PDF - 1 Mo
report of the first field campaign - nov. 2011 - jan. 2012 (in French)
PDF - 2.2 Mo
report of the second field campaign - oct. - dec. 2013 (in French)
PDF - 1.2 Mo
report of the third field campaign - nov. - dec. 2014 (in French)

PROTEKER at the 14th IEC, Brussels, BE, 20-24 august 2012 (to see the presentation).

PROTEKER at the 41st SCAR biology Symposium, Barcelona, SP, 15-19 july 2013 (to look at the poster).