Laboratoire Arago, Banyuls-sur-Mer
Located on the rocky coast of Roussillon near the Spanish border, the OOB is at the origin of the first French Marine Nature Reserve, the Cerbère-Banyuls Reserve now integrated into the Marine Park of the Gulf of Lion. These two marine protected areas testify to the exceptional biodiversity of this region in relation to the wide variety of biotopes present along the land-sea continuum.
Since its creation, the Observatory has been a center for experimentation, training and dissemination of scientific knowledge, welcoming many students and researchers from all over the world. The OOB's activities are divided into six major missions: research, observation, training, reception, scientific mediation, economic developement.