The Port Vauban and the Port Gallice, located in the heart of the Natura 2000 Baie and Cap d’Antibes Îles de Lérins site, are both part of a natural complex of extraordinary ecological wealth. They respectively received their Clean Ports certification in 2014 and 2017 and are relentlessly continuing their efforts to develop an ambitious environmental policy.

Anse Saint-Roch du Port Vauban is a sheltered and shallow area that was once particularly conducive to the development of fauna and flora and played an important role in the reproduction cycles of a large number of fish species. The aim was then to improve the ecological functionality of the port as a nursery for young fish.

In 2015, in partnership with the City of Antibes and with the financial support of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region and the Rhone-Mediterranean Corsica Water Agency, Port Vauban has joined forces with Ecocean to benefit from its expertise in order to install 92 Biohut® nurseries in its port.

The Biohut® is an artificial habitat, installed along the quays and under the pontoons. Composed of a steel cage filled with oyster shells (food cage) combined with an empty cage (protection cage), it protects the young “recruits” of fish when, attacked by predators, they seek to get closer to the habitat.

The Port Vauban is now forced to note that this operation has borne fruit since the scientific assessment of these 3 years has shown that more than 60 different species of animals and marine plants have been observed. Among the species observed, 15 have an interest for fishing, which is enough to preserve the fish resources and in fact, facilitate the hard work of the fishermen.

In view of the favourable repercussions, Port Vauban has decided to renew this operation in 2020 with the installation of 56 Biohut® nurseries in the port, concentrated on the most efficient areas.

In the same way, the Port Gallice has, this year, launched into this formidable project. No less than 31 Biohut® nurseries will be installed in the different areas of the port over the next 2 years.

Beyond the environmental aspect, this project also aims to make the public aware of the benefits of this action and its repercussions. To this end, panels explaining the project will be installed on both ports. Awareness workshops are planned on the two ports during the ‘Port Cleaning Days‘ or even during the reception of schoolchildren of the commune during the ‘School in the Port’. In the Port Vauban specifically, a focus will be made during the ‘Matinée de l’Environnement’ on Saturday 7 November.