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Celebration of the World Ocean Day 2017!

This year, as every year since more than 13 years, the organization Te mana o te moana (founding member of the Ocean World End) celebrated World Ocean Day in French Polynesia. For this 2017 edition, we were very happy to invite more than 50 persons (including 28 children) directly at our organization.

The first class invited was a primary school class that had won the 2nd price of the contest Mata ora no Tetiaroa organised this year in favour of polynesian children. The objective of that day was to award the students for the beautiful work they realized.

The second group was made of 3 representants of the class from Moorea, that have created a beautiful sea turtle mascot named « Moana » in favor of our organization. We  give many thanks to Rangiroa’s pearl farm for the donation of the 80 pearls that have been used to decorate our new beautiful turtle.

Finally, we have welcomed 8 youth in training from Moorea, along with Tavana Hinano, the representant of the environment of the municipality of Moorea.

The day started with the inauguration of our beautiful mascot realized by the students of Moorea. After the aknowledgments to this group for their incredible work, they were all invited to participate to the release of Vaiana Iti, a young green sea turtle in care at our rehabilitation center since february 2016. This turtle had been rescued at the emergence of a nest during the nesting monitoring program undertaken by the organization for the past 10 years on the atoll of Tetiaroa. After more than a year of cares, Vaiana Iti, that has reached a size, weight and health sufficient to survive in the wild, was now ready meet her older friends in the big blue…After a visit of the center, Vaiana Iti was measured, weighed and tagged. Then, all children came aboard the boat that had been gracisoulsy lended by the company Mahana Tours, to reach the deep sea and help her to choose her path.

After the release, the children participated to many activities orientated towards sea turtles, marine mammals and coral reefs before returning to Tahiti, with their heads full of memories from their day on Moorea. Each student was given a sea turlte booklet made by the organization and a passport made for « Ocean citizens » as a commitment to the protection of our beautiful blue planet.
This day was organised thanks to the support from the companies Vilebrequin and Nature & Découvertes.


Contest to celebrate the “Mata ora no Tetiaroa” educational project…

This year, we initiated an educational project called « Mata ora no Tetiaroa », which aims the local children to discover the Polynesian wealth, culture and renewable energies of the atoll (islet) of Tetiaroa. This project was conducted throughout the school year with children aged from 9-15 years old, and a contest was organized for the school classes.

The students, accompagnied by their teachers had to study a theme of their choice to develop a creation. Currently,  14 school classes from Moorea and Tahiti (250 kids) are participating to the project. The winners will go on a full day on Tetiaroa to discover the place.
To enhance the creations and thematic studied, a jury will meet on June 2nd.
 
Many thanks to Mr Bailey, the Hotel The Brando and Tetiaroa Society that allowed us to set up this beautiful project.

 


Let’s celebrate the World Turtle Day !

On May 23rd , we celebrate the 17th annual World Turtle Day, sponsored yearly since 2000 by the non-profit organization American Tortoise Rescue. The day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.

A great opportunity to relay the information and remind you of our commitment to sea turtles and the protection of our marine environment.

Every year since 2007, our organization, state approved by the Ministry for the Environment in French Polynesia, ensures a field monitoring during the entire nesting season on Tetiaroa.

This year is an awesome season for the nesting of green sea turtles on the atoll of Tetiaroa!! Number of tracks and nests counted have already outnumbered the ones from previous years.

601 crawls have been observed by our team (a female can lay eggs several times in one season) and more than 24,000 baby turtles were born.

32 babies found at the end of a nest were rescued by our volunteers and brought back to the sea turtle care center. Thanks to Tetiaroa Society and The Brando for their support.

To this day, we have welcomed 490 sea turtles and successfully released 206 into the wild. Thanks to our educational programs and our participation in environmental events, we raised awareness of more than  75 000 kids.


Bertand and Christophe, 2nd winners of “Defi des foulées”

Last week, we were happy to welcome Bertrand and Christophe, the 2nd winners of “Défi des foulées” organized by the Nature & Découverte Foundation.

After running for the good cause, Bertrand, manager of the toy department at Nature & Decouverte, had the chance of being the lucky winner of the draw among many other participating employees. He won a trip to Moorea for two people and spent a few days at the sea turtle care center with his husband, Christophe.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of over 15.300 participants, €30.000 were donated to our association. With this funding, we continued our nesting monitoring program on the atoll of Tetiaroa. We also improved the functioning of the sea turtle care center and we are now equipped with new nurseries and equipment, which helped to care for 35 baby turtles. Finally, we raised awareness of more than 350 kids through a series of workshops and events.

To discover the summary of the 2016 experience, go on: http://ledefidesfoulees.com/en/fondation

 


Awareness of the good management of the PGEM

This year, we launched a pedagogical project entitled “Awareness of the good management of the PGEM “, intended for pupils between 9-11 years of Moorea schools.

Thanks to financial support from the municipality of Moorea-Maiao and in partnership with the PGEM association, Te Mana o Te moana allowed 6 classes to come on 3 mornings to raise awareness on the need for conservation plans. The children visited our underwater trail to learn more about the role of each species in its environment. Its was also an opportunity to become aware of the importance of preserving the marine environment.

Then, they participated in educational workshops that enabled them to understand the  PGEM through a board game created by the association upon request of the  Ministry of Fisheries. Finally, they visited our sea turtle care center.