Happy stories on Tetiaroa

So our vision of Tetiaroa as a sanctuary for native species is already becoming a reality. This is cause for celebration.

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The Nature of Tetiaroa in the News

What's happening on Tetiaroa: research, conservation, education, and nature.

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Most coral reef studies are done in the daytime, when scientists are up and about. But action on the coral reef goes on 24 hrs a day. So what happens when the sun sets and the moon comes out, or when the moon doesn’t come out? We also think of coral reefs as shallow water ecosystems, but on tropical atolls like Tetiaroa the reef slope quickly descends to thousands of meters. Every night deep ocean fish and plankton rise to the surface and interact with reef fish and larvae in a frenzy of feeding and escape.

Island Conservation, Tetiaroa Society, & The Brando resort teamed up to complete critical invasive species-removal to heal island-ocean ecosystems in Tetiaroa atoll.

Island Conservation, in conjunction with Tetiaroa Society and The Brando Resort, completes critical invasive species-removal to heal island-ocean ecosystems in Tetiaroa atoll.

Global nonprofit Island Conservation has completed its largest ever ground-based operation to remove two species of rats from the remaining motus (small islands) of Tetiaroa Atoll. The successful project will provide a massive boost for seabird populations and other “connecting” species that link island and marine ecosystems. With time, the flourishing island could become a safe haven for critically endangered…

Scientists from the University of Washington are back on Tetiaroa, working to protect sharks by better understanding their behavior and movement patterns.

As apex predators, sharks directly and indirectly affect all levels of the food web, maintaining a healthy ocean environment for many species. Unfortunately, today many shark populations are on the decline. The loss of these amazing animals could prove devastating to our oceans and our planet.

Twenty years ago, French Polynesia created the largest shark (and marine mammal) sanctuary in the world, encompassing the whole of the five million square kilometers of the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Polynesians have always understood the critical ecological role of sharks and…

Tetiaroa Society Education and Culture Committee announce a contest,
Tata’ura’a ia Vai Moana te Fenua

This contest is organized by Tetiaroa Society, our partners, the TS Educational and Cultural Committee, the French Polynesia Ministry of Education, and the French Polynesia Ministry of Culture and Environment. It is part of the Blue Climate Initiative's International Summit, to be held in May 2022

Inès Pasquier - busy mapping the archaeological sites

Tetiaroa is a crown jewel in Tahiti’s history. We know that it served as a secondary residence for the Tahitian royal family of Pare in the 18th Century. However, relatively little is known beyond this.

Inès Pasquier, a French intern from the ENSG (Ecole nationale des sciences géographiques, Marnes-La-Vallée) under the supervision of Dr. Benoît Stoll (University of french Polynesia), is currently on island working to change this.

Inès aims to complete and publish the GPS mapping of all archaeological sites surveyed and recorded by the archaeology team (Molle, Hermann, Lagarde…

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