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Mid review of the “Hei moana” project

Since October 7th, our teams have been scouring the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Huahine and Rangiroa to broadcast the Hei moana’s program, a network that wishes to involve adults and children in participative sciences by giving them all the information’s needed to study reefs, marine mammals and marine turtles.
To preserve, it is necessary to understand marine life, its fauna and flora. This is why a one-day public training formation have been initiated on each island, bringing together a hundred particpants to date.
1500 children in 68 classes were made aware with schools actions on Moorea Tahiti Raiatea Huahine Bora Bora and Rangiroa.
The presence of our teams at the IPFC Congress and at the Science festival has been a relay for a very broad awareness of the school environment.

In Total, there are more than 4700 people, mostly children who have been sensitized to the protection of the Polynesian Marine world.

We would like to thank the municipalities of Moorea-Maiao, Tahiti, Huahine, Bora Bora, Uturoa, Taputapuatea and Rangiroa for their support, but also the directors and principals and teachers for their involvement.

Next public information meetings starting at 9 PM:
Saturday, November 18th at rangiroa
Saturday, November 25th at the city hall of taravao
Saturday, December 2nd at the city hall of papeete

Find all the news of the Hei moana’s network and download media on the following link http://www.temanaotemoana.org/fr/reseau-hei-moana/

To register for public meetings or for any questions, send an email: temanaotamoana@mail.pf
vaiarii.temana@gmail.com

Tel: 87 74 67 76 or 87 71 53 44


Participation to the 2017 SIG Conference, thanks to ATN

Thanks to the support of the company Air Tahiti Nui (ATN), Te mana o te moana participated in the 2017 SIG Conference, the ESRI francophone conference on geographic information systems, 11 and 12 October 2017. This conference gathered more than 3 people from a wide range of horizons. We have been able to highlight our actions in the field of protection of the marine environment in French Polynesia, including marine turtles in partnership and with the support of the Environment Directorate of French Polynesia. Our participative science program “Hei Moana” has also been presented.
We warmly thank Air Tahiti Nui for its support that allows us to participate in conferences, International Congresses and promote knowledge in French Polynesia through the reception of scientists and renowned people working for the conservation of the oceans.

For more information about the event : https://sig2017.esrifrance.fr/


Hinerava supports our actions through donations

Hinerava is a Polynesian jeweler. It has launched the  “Tetiaroa Jewelry Collection” to support us donating a portion of its sales on this jewelry collection. Funds go directly for the for the monitoring of sea turtles nesting sites on the Tetiaroa atoll, in partnership with Tetiaroa Society. Take a look to the collection here !

 

 


Boris Tezak presented some parts of his thesis on sea turtles sex determination

Boris Tezak, Florida Antlantic Unisersity PhD student, presented a summary of his thesis on the “Sea Turtle Sex Ratios in a Changing Climate”.

He is the Three Minute Thesis Championship Winner and People’s Choice Winner.

The assessment: it is possible to identify the sex of a turtle by taking a blood drop sample. (A hormone would be present in male specimens and absent in female specimens).

Click here for the video.


Release of 2 of our residents: Muto’i and Milla!

On October 12, we released two green turtles.

Muto’i (“police officer” in Tahitian) is a green turtle that was seized last August by the gendarmes of Moorea in an individual where she waited returned on the back before being cooked. She was at the side of another turtle, of which only the plastron (underside of the carapace) remained. Muto’i therefore avoided death and presented only superficial wounds upon its arrival which quickly healed. It was released in Moorea with of one of the gendarmes who rescued her and we hope she can continue to evolve in our Polynesian waters.

In June, Milla, a young green turtle was also rescued by a family aboard a sailboat while floating in the middle of a cluster of seaweed at marina in Tahiti. The impact on his carapace left no doubt as to the origin of his injury: a spear gun arrow that could have been fatal.

The two turtles moved in different directions when they were launched: Milla to the sea and Muto’i to the land…