SANCTUARY SURVEY

Presentation

The aim of our surveillance project is to monitor better the cetaceans populations, more particularly the humpack whales, inside the French Polynesia sanctuary by studying the risk of collision.
To do so, our team realizes observations from the ferry boats operating in the channel between the islands of Tahiti and Moorea. Operating on-site allows us to better understand these unfortunate collisions to then be able to anticipate and prevent them in the future.
No such program existed before in French Polynesia.

Ship Strike Event

Traffic at sea is responsible of collissions with cetacians. Hence it is today a major threat, even being most of the time muted.

Other threats
  • Hunting

  • Chemical and biological pollution, solid waste

  • Noise pollution

  • Damaged habitats

  • Climate change

  • By-catching (marine species caught unintentionally while catching certain target species/sizes)

MMO - (Marine Mammal Observer)

The MMO's mission is to observe the surroundings at sea using binoculars to see further.
This person should be standing on the deck permanently to be able to share with the Captain and crew any observation, in order to prevent collissions.

En 2020, notre équipe mène la troisième édition de Vigie Sanctuaire.

Durant l'année 2018 et 2019, Oceania a réalisé 1 295 heure d'observation, parcouru 37 541 km et enregistré 744 observations sur la zone d'étude. A ce jour, nos MMO ont recensés 143 cas potentiels de collision !

              Tous les résultats de ce projet sont consultable

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