LAGOSTA MONACO Sarl and the MSc. MARRES of the Université Côte d’Azur join forces for the conservation of the Mediterranean spiny lobster.
The accelerated depletion of wild stocks due to overfishing and poor management practices makes aquaculture, provided it is sustainable, a solution to the growing demand for seafood.
LAGOSTA MONACO is a start-up that raises in Monaco organic spiny lobsters (Palinurus elephas) in a biological and sustainable way. It has been founded by Christophe Maier and Sébastien Ferraz, two scientific entrepreneurs. Their innovative approach is based on a semi-recycled indoor system that allows the breeding, well-being and perfect traceability of animals without the use of antibiotics or chemicals.
The project intends to be ecological and circular. On the one hand, waste is recycled into wealth. The extraction of bioactive compounds from naturally produced shells adds value to what is normally considered a by-product. In addition, Christophe and Sébastien aim to repopulate areas where the spiny lobster has disappeared or is disappearing.
It is to develop this conservation component that LAGOSTA MONACO and the MSc. MARRES from Université Côte d’Azur partner this year as part of an immersion project where MARRES students and LAGOSTA staff will work together towards this goal.
The MSc. MARRES is the new interdisciplinary and international Master-degree program of University Côte d’Azur (UCA) in Science, Conservation and Valorization of Marine Resources. Entirely taught in English, the program aims to open the employability of students through a skills-based approach developed with employers. Students of all nationalities benefit from the scientific expertise of the Côte d’Azur laboratories and the Skema Business School’s environmental management approach.