Blue Coast Marine Park

Coastline, Marine Park
  • Parc marin de la Côte Bleue
  • Parc marin de la Côte Bleue
Parc marin de la Côte BleueParc marin de la Côte Bleue


The Blue Coast offers a few kilometers from Marseille, a splendid view towards the sea where the blue of the water violently collides with the green of the pines clinging to the rocks. This coastline offers a very contrasted landscape from east to west. The creeks and inlets sometimes shelter beaches frequented in summer by the Marseillais and Aixois, thanks to the TER which uses the magnificent railway line connecting Marseille to Miramas.
Since 1983, a Marine Park covers 15,000 ha in front of the 28 km of the Blue Coast from Anse des Laurons in the West, to the tip of Corbières in the East. This original and unique structure in France brings together the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Council, the Bouches du Rhône Departmental Council, and the 5 Côte Bleue municipalities (Martigues, Sausset-les-Pins, Carry-le- Rouet, Ensuès-la-Redonne and le Rove), professional fishing organizations in Martigues and Marseille.
The objectives of the park directly inspired by those of the Regional Natural Parks are to protect the natural marine heritage of the Blue Coast, participate in better management of fishing resources, better understand and promote awareness of the marine heritage.

The Blue Coast Marine Park manages all the artificial reefs submerged in front of the coast as well as two fully protected marine reserves, one at Carry-le-Rouet (85 ha) and the other at Cap-Couronne (210 ha). Fishing, mooring and scuba diving are prohibited in order to allow flora and fauna to regenerate. These marine reserves shelter an exceptional underwater richness which one can easily observe in Carry-le-Rouet.
Public park awareness and information activities are organized throughout the year: guided surface visits to the Carry-le-Rouet marine reserve, reception of sea classes for all primary schools of the Blue Coast, fun workshops around marine life, "Eco-friendly" campaign for boaters, exhibitions, conferences ...
Although yachting occupies an important place on this coast, professional artisanal fishing remains one of the strong activities of this coast. It offers daily entertainment in all the ports of the Blue Coast, much appreciated by residents and tourists.
Le Parc Marin de La Côte Bleue (The Côte Bleue Marine Park) has been inscribed since November 24, 2018 on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Green List of Protected Areas. This distinction is attributed to protected areas that meet several standards for effective management and local governance
  • Classification LPN :
    • Protected sites
    • Must see sites
  • Gestion de l'espace naturel :
    • Regional Nature Park
Blue Coast Marine Park
Parc marin de la Côte Bleue
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.3274
Longitude : 5.12074
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