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The Friends of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco achieved an exceptional philanthropic goal for the Ocean Protection.

Since its establishment in 2011, the Association des Amis du Musée Océanographique - AAMOM (Friends of the Oceanographic Museum Association) has been supporting the Monaco Oceanographic Museum's initiative addressed to protect Oceans and raise awareness through educational and informative actions. On the 26th March 2024, the most popular Association has reached a great milestone. A cheque of exceptional value

up to 351,414 euros was donated to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, in the presence of the AAMOM Board of Directors and Robert Calcagno, Director General of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I Foundation.


Photo >> Cheque Delivery in the presence of > Cyril Gomez (Deputy Director General of the Oceanographic Institute), Donatella Campioni (Director of AAMOM), Anthony Torriani (Vice-President of AAMOM), Vanessa Tubino (Treasurer of AAMOM), Leila Elling, (President of AAMOM), Robert Calcagno (Director General of the Oceanographic Institute), Vladimir Semenikhin (AAMOM Administrator), Jean-Jacques Wigno (AAMOM Administrator), Lady Monika Bacardi (AAMOM Administrator), Alain Brombal (AAMOM Administrator), Julien Guinhut (Secretary General of AAMOM and Director of Sponsorship and Partnerships of the Oceanographic Institute) © AAMOM
« I would like to express my warm thanks to AAMOM for this generous gesture, which once again demonstrates its commitment and involvement in the actions of the Oceanographic Institute for Disadvantaged Youth, including the transmission of its heritage an how to keep fishes in the aquarium healthy. Collaboration between the associative and cultural or environmental sector is more essential than ever », Robert Calcagno, Director General of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I Foundation.

Thanks to the contribution of its members, as well as donations and fundraising, this extraordinary philanthropic outcome contributes significantly to the educational, cultural and environmental development within the Musée Océanographique. In particular, three projects have been considered prior :

  • Improving fish health in Museum aquariums.

>> Support for research on microbiological water quality in aquariums.

Description: This initiative, in partnership with Daxtachem, aims at detecting causes and finding possible solutions to reduce the occurrence of fish pathologies with special regard to eye diseases.

>> Supporting for the first stage of the optimisation a healing dressing for the treatment of fish and shark wounds.

  • Restoration of old books project: the Museum’s Heritage Department.

>> Preserving library collections from deterioration menaced by fungal spores.

Description: treatment of the most precious and oldest books and periodicals (total amount: 1,200).


📽️ Official Video >> The threee main projects supporte by the 'Association des Amis du Musée Océanographique' © Oceano Monaco


  • Development of the 'Oceano pour Tous' (Oceano for All) programme addressed to disadvantaged youth.

>> Engaging and inclusive educational initiatives on ocean conservation.

Description: A series of 43 classes have been involved in guided tours in marine protected areas and some targeted workshops at the Monaco Oceanographic Museum.


Leila Elling, President of AAMOM, pointed out: « First of all, what binds 'Les Amis du Musée' is the love for the Ocean! More and more are joining AAMOM from all horizons.

Thus, the members of the Association and I look forward to supporting the Museum’s Universal Ocean Protection Policy while encouraging to raise awareness and to foster conservation and heritage activities ».


The Friends of the Oceanographic Museum Association keeps playing a pivotal role to motivate the protection of ocean ecosystems as fundamental drivers to maintain the balance of Planet Earth liveability. Not by chance, the AAMOM donation also helped support a comprehensive urban treasure hunt to sensitise on the «5 R» approach (5 actions: Reduce - Reuse - Recycle - Redesign - Recover), developed within the framework of the last edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction (SERD). ***


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By Maurice Abbati

Journalist; Editor; Communication, Media and Public Relations Specialist

Lecturer and Author in English language of Technical Articles and the Manual: "Communicating the Environment to Save the Planet, a Journey into Eco-Communication" by Springer International Publishing.







Cover page of PhD manual by Maurice Abbati


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