Health Index French Polynesia - The Ocean Health Index is a valuable tool for the
ongoing assessment of ocean health. By providing a means to advance
comprehensive ocean policy and compare future progress, the Index
can inform decisions about how to use or protect marine ecosystems.
The Index is a collaborative effort, made possible through
contributions from more than 65 scientists/ocean experts and
partnerships between organizations including the National Center for
Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Sea Around Us, Conservation
International, National Geographic, and the New England Aquarium.
Information for French Polynesia
There are a hundred or so longlining vessels
based in Tahitiís Port de Peche (fishing port), that fish between
the Society and Marquesas island groups. The longliners target
yellowfin tuna, although they may also fish for
Of the hundred or so longlining boats though, only fifty or sixty of
them are operating, as there is waning interest in fishing due to
regulations and the knowledge of them required to captain a fishing
boat. Despite a diminishing fishing force, French Polynesia
has one of the highest consumptions of fish per capita in the world.
Between pelagic, coastal and lagoon fisheries, eight thousand to ten
thousand tons of fish are caught commercially in French Polynesia
each year. With a population of 260,000, per person consumption is
between 61.5 and 77 pounds of fish per year, or about a sixth of a
pound of fish per day, not including fishing for subsistence. The
majority of tuna caught in French Polynesian waters reaches
residents through markets, restaurants, and even schools.
Subsistence Subsiding: Eighty Years of Change in French Polynesiaís
The Marine and Mineral Resources Department - French Polynesia.
Lots of information here about Fisheries in French Polynesia. Coastal
Fisheries - Fish Aggregating Devices, the fishing fleet, careers and
training, aid for professional fishers, improving the quality of fishery
products, lagoon fishing - resources, fishing techniques, training,
pearling - maritime concessions and inter-island pearl transfers, maps,
research and development, health status of pearl oysters, fish farming -
About Aquaculture in French Polynesia, shrimp aquaculture, lagoon fish
farming, giant clam aquaculture, facilities and projects.