The project was born from the following question: how to reduce the impact of the marine aquarium hobby on the environment?Ecopora is a project of coral farm located in Belgium that banish imports and collection in the wild. There is currently no such farm in Belgium, and the demand for sustainable corals is growing in the hobby.
Our project first started in 2015. One of our project leaders – being an aquarist and a lover of the marine world – started questioning the legitimacy of his hobby. How to reconcile one’s passion with one’s love for the Ocean? The corals available on the market are usually collected in nature, or come from mariculture. This technique of cultivation exploits the reefs with responsibility, but once harvested these corals are delivered in Europe, which produces a lot polluting emissions, therefore it goes against our eco-friendly values.
Thus, three students of the Université Catholique of Louvain decided, as part of their interdisciplinary training in business creation, to “Think global and act local”, just like René Dubos said during the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm.