The Principality reaffirms its ongoing and tireless commitment to the protection of the Big Blue with Monaco Ocean Week, a high-profile weeklong event open to the public

Rising sea levels, deoxygenised marine and coastal waters, and ocean acidification are only a few of the many current threats to ecosystems. These dangers, however, also encourage raised awareness. The second Monaco Ocean Week from April 8 through 14 aims to provide solutions to protect marine environments faced with climate changes. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its partners therefore invite the public to meet local and international organisations, scientists, politicians, funders, filmmakers, chefs, and adventurers in a diverse series of events around marine conservation and the sustainable development of a « blue » economy.

The Foundation’s Monaco Blue Initiative (MBI), a think tank whose members focus on current and future global ocean management and conservation issues, will launch Monaco Ocean Week with a multitude of events and conferences/debates, simultaneously held throughout the Principality and in Edinburgh on April 8 and 9. The event will carry on in Monaco through April 14 with conferences, workshops, symposiums, seminars, award ceremonies, exhibitions, documentary film screenings and public awareness workshops at landmark venues including the Oceanographic Museum, the Science Centre, the Monaco Yacht Club and Stars’N’Bars.


5:30pm – 8:00pm / Stars’N’Bars
Conference « Beauty, Sea and Ethics » *
*To attend the event, you must first register


1:00pm – 3:00pm / Scientific Centre of Monaco
SIDS’ (Small Island Developing States) marine activity in response to climate change: lessons learned from COP23 and prospects for future action.

7:00pm – 8:30pm / Oceanographic Museum of Monaco – Conference Room
Fragile Legacy film screening: Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka’ amazing sea creatures, followed by a debate on “Art and Science”.*
*Movie in English, subtitled in French. Discussion in English.


9:00am – 1:00pm / Stars’N’Bars
From the sea to our plates”: How to choose and consume sustainable seafood for a healthy ocean?

1:00pm – 4:00pm / Yacht Club de Monaco – Meeting room
Mediterranean “small-scale” fishing is the solution, not the problem!

5:00pm – 6:30pm / Oceanographic Museum of Monaco – Conference Room
Monaco Explorations: feedback from the « SARGASSES » and « CABO VERDE » missions, and inauguration of the photo exhibition « Monaco Explorations : Sargassum of the Atlantic Ocean »

7:00pm – 9:00pm / Oceanographic Museum of Monaco – Conference Room
Into The Arctic 3 film/conference: 10 years of Arctic explorations by Cory Trépanier, artist, painter and explorer. *

*Movie in English, subtitled in French. Discussion in English.

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9:00am – 12:30pm / Oceanographic Museum of Monaco – Conference Room
Toxic Microalgae: environmental, food and health risks, and monitoring strategy.
(bilingual french/english sessions)

10:00am – 12:00pm / Port Hercule, Monaco
Live Biohut installation (marine nurseries) in the port of Monaco.

5:30pm – 6:00pm / Oceanographic Museum of Monaco – Conference Room
Let’s take on the ocean – the future is blue ! Conference by Yvan Griboval, Marine Explorer, Director of OceanoScientific Expeditions. With the participation of Philippe Lebaron, Director of the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls sur mer, Jean-Marc Fromentin, Researcher at Ifremer and Corine Pelluchon, Professor of philosophy at Paris-Est-Marne-la-Vallée University.

6:30pm – 8:00pm / Oceanographic Museum of Monaco – Conference Room
Exclusive screening of the latest film of Disneynature, BLUE: a dive in the heart of the ocean to discover, understand, love a world still mysterious and surprising.*

*To attend the event, please register by email


8:00pm / Oceanographic Museum of Monaco – Hall of honour
Monaco’s commitment to protect coral reefs.

Presentation of the conclusions of the workshop on regional solutions to save coral reefs from ocean acidification and other environmental stresses. Presentation of the Presidency of the International Coral Reef Initiative, and screening of the movie “Chasing Coral” by Jeff Orlowski in the presence of the director Richard Verves, founder and president of The Ocean Agency.


10:00am – 12:00pm / Stars’N’Bars
Presentation of Monaco’s port Biohut (marine nurseries).

In the words of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco, “The Monaco Ocean Week is born out of the obvious need for major marine actors to share their analysis and vision of key marine conservation issues and take action for ocean preservation”. His personal commitment to the cause, and that of the Grimaldi family, is outstanding. Marine ecosystem awareness and conservation have been an integral part of the Principality of Monaco’s history since the end of the 19th century. A passionate explorer and dedicated scientist, Prince Albert I, the current Sovereign’s great-grandfather, was one of the founders of modern oceanography. Monaco’s commitment to the health and preservation of the oceans has continued throughout the 20th and early 21st century with numerous milestone accomplishments to its credit: in 1976 France, Monaco and Italy signed the RAMOGE Agreement to protect Mediterranean coastal waters. In 1982, the Principality of Monaco was one of the very first signatory States of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. And in 2017 Monaco dispatched its state-of-the-art research vessel Yersin on a three-year exploration of the condition of the world’s oceans (more on that soon to come here).

A landmark event not to be missed by anyone interested in the health of our planet and particularly the state of our oceans.

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Lead image by Milos Prelevic on Unsplash; all other images courtesy Monaco Ocean Week

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