Thalassa, star of the Brest Maritime Festival 2024

Moored at the Brest Maritime Festival quay from July 12 to 18, 2024, the Thalassa, one of the four ocean-going vessels of the French Oceanographic Fleet, invites the public to a 45-minute guided tour to discover life on board.

Thalassa missions:

Every year, the Thalassa studies the oceans to assess the impact of human activities and climate change. Capable of carrying out 4 to 5 annual fisheries missions, it monitors the evolution of fish communities, providing crucial data for fishing quotas.

In addition to fisheries missions, the Thalassa explores other scientific fields. Recently, the Chereef campaign team brought back samples of cold-water corals taken at a depth of 1,000 m. After the Maritime Festival, the ship will head to Newfoundland to study the currents of the North Atlantic.

Sylvia Earle, an American pioneer in oceanography, will be in attendance on July 12. She will visit the Ifremer site in Plouzané and participate in the signing of a partnership agreement with the Tetiaroa Society. This partnership will aim to explore the deep sea and promote sustainable aquaculture and renewable marine energy.

Photographer Matteo Flament captured the Thalassa’s Evhoe mission in November 2023. His exhibition, which documents fish populations in the Bay of Biscay and the Celtic Sea, will be on display at the Saint-Marc media library in Brest until September 4, 2024.

“SPLUJ” offers a sound immersion in the abyss thanks to Teatr Piba and Ifremer. The spectators, equipped with audio headsets, will experience a poetic journey based on David Wahl’s logbook of the MOMARSAT 2017 campaign. The performances will take place on July 13, 15, 16 and 17, 2024.

The Brest Maritime Festival promises a rich exploration of the marine world and an unforgettable encounter with passionate scientists and explorers.

The full program here

Illustrations  : DR
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