92 ‘biohuts’ are being installed at the entrance to Port Vauban in Antibes to develop marine life including oysters.
The project is set to last for 3 years with metal cages installed under docks and pontoons to encourage marine life to take up residence.
It’s cost a €100 million to set up with most of the money provided by the French national marine agency with support from the Provence Alpes Regional Council and the Port Vauban. The cages will be checked and cleaned out every three months to prevent them from becoming clogged up with weed and other obstructions.
Antibes is a resort town between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera – Côte d’Azur. It’s known for its Mediterranean beaches, annual Jazz à Juan music festival and old town enclosed by 16th-century ramparts. Luxury yachts moor at the huge Port Vauban marina, overlooked by star-shaped, 16th-century Fort Carré. The Promenade Amiral-de-Grasse walkway along Vauban’s walls has views of the Alps.
Port Vauban is a French yachting harbor located in Antibes on the French Riviera. Originally a natural harbor in use since before the Roman Empire, the port was fortified by Sébastien Le Prestre, Seigneur de Vauban, later Marquis de Vauban, King Louis XIV’s military engineer.
Port Vauban now serves as the home of the Yacht Club d’Antibes and is the largest marina (in terms of total tonnage of the boats and yachts moored there) in the Mediterranean Sea. Some of the world’s largest and most lavishly appointed yachts have Port Vauban as their home port, including Russian oil businessman Roman Abramovich’s 86 m Ecstasea and his gift to fellow Russian businessman Eugene Shvidler (Le Grand Bleu). Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen’s yacht Octopus is a regular visitor to the harbor.
In the early part of the 20th century, Port Vauban also accommodated numerous seaplanes and a seaplane manufacturer.