Miami : the first Tara Pacific stopover

© Tara Expeditions Foundation

2016, From June 28 to July 5

Tara, the famous French research schooner, will be in Miami at Epic Marina for a first port of call on the new expedition “Tara Pacific.”

During this first stopover in Miami after the 23-day Atlantic crossing, Tara will invite the general public aboard. “Miami will be an opportunity to explain our work and raise public awareness about the environment, with special attention to young people,” says Romain Troublé, executive director of the Tara Expeditions Foundation. Besides pursuing our scientific goals, the Tara Expeditions Foundation is conducting a long-term advocacy plan to mobilize civil society and encourage decision makers and the business community to find solutions for protecting solutions for preserving the Ocean. This stopover will be an opportunity to bring together various stakeholders and interested parties during the conferences.



The 2016 Challenge: Meetings for a Sustainable Future

June 29 & 30, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33132

In association with BillerudKorsnäs, with the participation of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs.

Tara’s latest expedition in the Mediterranean Sea yielded important scientific findings regarding pollution and micro-plastics. The Tara Expeditions Foundation has played a role as observer at the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference, promoting Sustainable Development Goals for the Ocean (ODD 14), in the context of the “2030 Development Agenda”. For the Miami stopover, Tara joined forces with BillerudKorsnäs, a leading provider of renewable, recyclable and biodegradable packaging materials, to organize a seminar to discuss smart solutions for combatting climate change. In the context of Tara Pacific expedition, the Tara Expeditions Foundation – member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council – will also focus on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for the Ocean.

Tomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary General
Per Lindberg, CEO BillerudKorsnäs
Mattias Klum, National Geographics
Romain Troublé, Executive Director of Tara Expeditions Foundation
Daniella Russo, Director of Think Beyond Plastic
Nina Goodrich, Executive Director of GreenBlue SPC

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French  American Climate Talks on Ocean / FACT-O

July 1st, Miami Dade College, 11:00 am – 12:45 am
300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

In association with the French Embassy, agnès b., University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and Florida International University, Ocean & Climate Platform.

After the success of COP21 and the signature of an international climate agreement last April in New York, it is essential to continue raising public awareness about the Ocean’s key role in the global climate system. FACT-O is the extension of the FACTS conferences launched in 2014 in the context of COP21, and is a joint initiative of the Ocean & Climate Platform and the Embassy of France in the United States.

FACT-O is a public conference series planned to take place in several cities in the United States involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and entrepreneurs. The first FACT-O conference will be held in Miami during Tara expeditions’ stopover in the United States. The Tara scientific team and researchers from the University of Miami and Florida International University will participate in a discussion on how climate change impacts coral reefs and ocean biodiversity.


Romain Troublé, Executive Director of Tara Expeditions Foundation
Dr. Andrew C.Baker, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology, University of Miami
Dr. Michael Heithaus, Department of Marine Sciences, Florida International University
Dr. Jeremy Kiszka, Department of Marine Sciences, Florida International University
Philippe Létrilliart, Consul General of France in Miami
Richard Snow, President and CEO of the International SeaKeepers Society
Dr. Françoise Gaill, Scientific Coordinator of the Ocean & Climate Platform

Registration & program:


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Public Visits – free entry
July 3 & 4

The Tara crew will welcome visitors aboard Tara at Epic Marina: Sunday July 3 through Monday July 4, 10am – noon, and 2pm – 5pm.
For groups of 8 or more, please contact

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Press Briefing

June 29, 2016 – 9am

Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, downtown Miami
In the presence of the Tara team, Thomas Gass,UN Assistant Secretary General, and Philippe Létrilliart, Consul general at the French Consulate
Researchers and the Tara team will be available for interviews until 11am.

Press contact

Communications Director: Elodie Bernollin, +33 695 73 26 88
Stopover Coordinator:
Johanna Sanson, + 33 673 38 87 13


Associated articles:

- Tara weighs anchor: 11,000 km left before the corals of the Pacific
Track the progress of the Tara Pacific expedition
Tara received the 9th annual Peter Benchley Ocean Award in Exploration