On June 21, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco was in Paris to take part in the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Institut Océanographique de Paris:
…founded in 1906 by Monaco’s Prince Albert I as ‘Institut Oceanographique, Foundation Albert I, Prince de Monaco’. It consists of two institutions: the actual oceanographic institute based in Paris is utilised by everyone interested in the oceans, and is a place for exchange between researchers and students. The second institution is the oceanographic museum, located on the rocks of Monaco. Prince Albert I originally established it to protect his collections, as well as for scientific research. However, nowadays the museum is famous for its high standards, its historic collections and its world-renowned aquaria. (source)
According to the French newspaper, Le Express, “…Prince Albert II launched a plea for the defense of the oceans, ‘a fragile world’ threatened by climate change and overfishing… “ Very true.
To learn more about the Institut Océanographique de Paris please click the link here.