Since 2013, Te mana o te moana is working to set up (with the support of local and international partners) a local and regional exchange program based on sea turtles and marine mammals for a better protection of those emblematic marine species in French polynesia. This education, research and conservation project is as part of the Observatory for cetacean and sea turtles held in 2011 in French Polynesia. That’s how this project « BULA HONU, follow the sea turtles of the Pacific » was born thanks to the support of the Nature et Découvertes Foundation, the Total Foundation, the Biome Entity, the Gauguin Cruises, the Moorea Dolphin Center, the CNES, the Maud Fontenoy Foundation, the Brando hotel, the Fonds Pacifique, the Ifrecor Polynesia, the Board of Education, the General Direction of Education and Teachings (DGEE), research centers and partners of the Pacific.
Differents school classes of Tahiti, Moorea, Tuamotu but also from France, Tonga, Samoa, Fijii, New Caledonia and others countries of the South Pacific are exchanging and following the travel of six sea turtles equippeed by staellite transmitters. Children discover all together the great journey of the French polynesia sea turtles.
After exchanging during the all school year on the marine embmematic species we need to proect, through a website (in both French and English) dedicated to the project, a classroom from Moorea will travel over to New Caledonia in May 2015 to encounter the schools they exchanged with during the year.
For now, we are pleased to introduce you the 6 sea turtles, equipped by satellite transmitters between December 2014 and March 2015 on the islands of Tikehau, Hao, Tetiaroa and Moorea, in clicking on the following link : Bula honu.
This project is held thanks to the Ministry of the Environment, In fact, the website dedicated for the project has been realized by the Board of Education of French Polynesia and approved by the in French Polynesia.