Project Goals

  • Develop a facility for marine and environmental research on the north shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary (Quebec, Canada), including
    A) a lab unit with several office spaces, a library, a workshop, and
    B) an interpretation center on coastal and marine ecosystems with a movie room, a gift shop, and a bistro.

  • Develop a new research and education program in marine science.

  • Conduct outreach activities about marine and arctic environments.

  • Create a model project for sustainable development in ecotourism.

  • Promote collaboration with NGOs, universities, government agencies, and corporations.


Lab unit:
  • Research lab: create an appropriate infrastructure for students and researchers in marine and environmental sciences, with 10 work stations, a wet lab, a bioacoustic lab, and a library.
  • Course lab: create a stimulating teaching environment for courses and summer camps, featuring 16 lab spaces, microscopes, a projection screen and a beamer.
  • Workshop: for construction, maintenance and repair of research and lab equipment, boat equipment, and to develop and maintain displays for the interpretation center.

Interpretation center:
  • Concept: animated discovery of marine ecosystems, applying state-of-the-art technology and an interactive design for different age levels.
  • Ecosystems: St. Lawrence Estuary, Arctic, abyss, coastal habitats.
  • Science and Society: platform to meet researchers at work and to discuss relevant issues concerning our oceans, our environment, and our society.
  • Movie room: HD screen and projection facility with 50 seats, for talks, conferences, and movies.
  • Gift shop: attractive inventory of gifts, local craft and food, cruise tickets.
  • Bistro: snacks and beverages, free WLAN, terrace, rest rooms.

Sustainable development:
  • Create a model project for sustainable development in ecotourism, based on principles of environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
  • Raise public awareness about the coastal and marine environment.
  • Protect marine habitats and the biological diversity through research and education.
  • Generate an economic stimulus and encourage local entrepreneurship.
  • Promote collaboration with NGOs, universities, government agencies, and corporations.

We invite universities, organizations, corporations, and government agencies that are interested in this project or one of our programs to contact us. We will be happy to provide project details and a business plan to you. You will find our coordinates here.

Project partners and cooperations:

Accomplished steps and current phase:
  • 2014: Conclusion of a partnership agreement with the Municipality of Longue-Rive regarding the development of a marine interpretation center in the former church of Sault-au-Mouton.
  • 2013: Beginning of the negotiations with the Municipality of Longue-Rive, Québec, Canada.
  • 2008-2013: Lengthy negotiations are undertaken with the Municipality of Portneuf-sur-Mer, aiming to lease a suitable piece of land for the proposed project.
  • 2010/11: A comprehensive concept for a marine science center is being developed in collaboration with our project partners.
  • April 2009: The National Museum of Natural History in Paris (France) offers to provide technical support for the development of multi-media and interactive displays.
  • March 2009: Haley Sharpe Design (UK) joins the Mériscope to provide technical support for the concept and the design of an interpretation center on marine habitats.
  • April 2008: Official launch of the project in Portneuf-sur-Mer, during a public meeting of the municipal council.
  • Sept. 2007: Endorsement of the Mériscope by the Research Chair of Canada in Rural Development.

Funding is provided by:
  • Mériscope: project management, concept, displays (whale skeletons, multi-media animations, object designs).
  • ALCOA Canada Primary Metals, Baie-Comeau Smelter, Quebec, Canada: volunteer program «Bravo! Bénévoles».
  • Jucki Wildlife Photography, Bülach, Switzerland
  • Ruth and Igor Luginbuehl, Toronto, Canada