Introducing Tetiaroa Society’s 2020 Impact Report

Last year, 2020, was unlike any other in recent history. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the world was forced to stand still — travel came to a halt and the future filled with uncertainty. Quite suddenly, Tetiaroa became quiet…of people that is.

Birds continued their daily rituals, nesting in the native trees and foraging at the shoreline. Turtles returned to their respective beaches. Crabs, fish, sharks, and rays went about their lives searching for food.

For Tetiaroa’s native species, it was business as usual.

And isn’t that a beautiful thing? A reminder why we invest in our time and energy and resources in protecting Tetiaroa and places across the globe like it? Because, at the end of the day, every day, we need them more than they need us.

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2020 impact

In our 2020 Impact Report, you’ll read about the programs we were able to implement over the past year as well as the ones we had to postpone or delay. Difficult times force change upon us — to survive you must find flexibility. Reflecting on the past year tells us we did a good job doing exactly that thanks to the support of our donors, partners, and friends like you.

Today, our busy lives are slowly returning. Soon, Tetiaroa will be bustling with international scientists, eco-conscious travelers, and support staff. As we resume these activities, may we keep the words of Dr. Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue, at the forefront of our minds:

“We need to do everything in our power to protect and restore places like Tetiaroa Atoll as if our lives depend on it – because they do. The time is now to do what we can to continue to conserve this special place – hope for the world’s atolls and reefs.”


You can read our 2020 Impact Report here.