French Polynesia makes up 10% of the Blue Planet where the fish supply is still healthy and lagoons are preserved. Far from being subjected to overfishing, French Polynesia is actually a laudable example in the sense that net fishing is prohibited to that of long-line, and to the extent that the annual quota of 13,000 tonnes was not reached. But better early than never is the sentiment of the environmentalists!
The largest protected zone in the world
Two major areas have been identified as priorities to ensure the maintenance of the fish supply and the balance of the ecosystem: the first in the Marquesas Archipelago, on some 700 000 km 2, and the second, around the Austral Islands. This last project is defended by the American non-governmental organization (NGO) PEW and concerns a giant area of one million km2! The Austral Islands could thus become the largest marine protected area in the world ahead of Pitcairn (834 000 km2). Combined, these two marine protected areas would make Polynesia the world leader in the protection of marine resources.
Educational marine areas arrive in France !
French Polynesia now has six educational marine areas and this is certainly just the beginning! The goal of this step initiated by Polynesia is the protection of its primary wealth of course, the sea, and why not join UNESCO next?