Organizers: Caroline Vieux1,2 & Emmanuel Coutures3

Affiliations: 1/ Pacific Community ; 2/EU INTEGRE Project; 3/ Province Sud, Noumea, New-Caledonia

Email: carolinev@spc.int; emmanuel.coutures@province-sud.nc

Lead contact: Caroline Vieux

Description: Based on the fishers’ ecological knowledge, 260 spawning and nursery sites have been identified throughout the lagoon of Raiatea-Tahaa in the leeward islands of French Polynesia. This is the first work of this kind undertaken in French Polynesia. Additional information will be collected on the ecological state of some of these sites through underwater survey and fisher’s questionnaire. Results will be reported back to the local fishers and potential management measures will be discussed to ensure that these key areas are well protected. The session would like to confront the protocol of this particular case to other examples of spawning aggregations and nursery management in the Indo-Pacific with the objective of consolidating a protocol for spawning aggregation and nursery management using both fisher and scientific knowledge.

Expected Audience: 20 people, fisheries scientists, social scientists, government representatives from both fisheries and culture departments, fishermen.