Through two Pilot Projects, the exploitation of the data will serve ambitious objectives in two areas:
1) the identification of new functions and bioengineering applied to the discovery of new molecules, metabolites, materials and synthesis routes. By revealing the genetic code of organisms that have hitherto been difficult to access and little-known, ATLASea will open up the potential for innovation in a wide range of fields, including the discovery of new bio-based antibacterials and processes for the degradation of plastics by marine organisms,
2) monitoring the dynamics of marine ecosystems, particularly those likely to be disrupted by the invasion of exogenous species. By facilitating rigorous biomonitoring, ATLASea will enable early action to be taken to understand and preserve these ecosystems, which are critical for biodiversity, human societies and the economy. In the longer term, ATLASea will contribute to the improvement of varieties important for aquaculture and agriculture and the exploration of new food sources to feed human populations and farm animals.