Pacific Coral Reef Institute

Workshop Tara PACIFIC in Okinawa – Japan 2017

Tara PACIFIC in Okinawa 2017
A workshop for biodiversity and coral reef conservation
April 17, 2017

50’th Anniversary Memorial Hall, University of the Ryukyus

Aim of the workshop

Okinawa, coral rich region in Japan, is the final port of call for the Tara Pacific Japan leg in 2017. In closing of the Japan leg in 2017, the workshop is planned as a scientific discussion meeting with researchers in Okinawa, where coral science is much active. We hope that this workshop gives a nice opportunity for cultivating mutual friendships among researchers from Tara expeditions, Univ. of Ryukyus and other institutes in Okinawa.

Researchers in Okinawa, including Faculties, postdocs and graduate students of University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and others.

Among others, David Lecchini, associated director of the IRCP and Maggy Nugges, researcher at the CRIOBE.

More information about the program HERE.

IPFC Tahiti : Call for Abstracts!

The call for abstracts for the Indo-Pacific Fish Conference at Tahiti is at present open:

The Call for Abstracts is open from March 1 to July 22, 2017

Registration is open from April 1 to September 15, 2017

A total of 42 sessions have been accepted for IPFC10. These sessions are divided into 9 research themes:

  1. Origin, Evolution, Taxonomy and Bio/Phylogeography of Indo-Pacific Fishes
  2. Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Indo-Pacific
  3. Recent advances in the Study of Coral Reef Fishes
  4. Biology, Ecology, Ethology and Conservation of Sharks, Rays and Top-predators
  5. Freshwater, Diadromous, Cryptobenthic, Mesophotic and Deep-Sea Fishes: Essential Knowledge Required to Better Manage the Global Biodiversity in the Indo-Pacific
  6. Local and Global Threats to Indo-Pacific Fish and the Potential Solutions
  7. Long Term Monitoring of Indo-Pacific Fishes
  8. The Future of Fish and Human Interactions
  9. Other topics (e.g. Women in Marine Sciences; General session)

Call for Abstracts: Oral Presentation, Poster or Flash Talk – One submission per participant. IPFC participants will have one of the three following options for the presentation of their research:

  1. an oral presentation (approximately 12-15 minutes, depending on the number of speakers),
  2. a poster (85 cm wide and 180 cm high), or
  3. a poster AND a flash talk. The poster and the flash talk will be on the same research thematic (i.e., only one abstract submitted). Poster dimensions: 85 cm wide and 180 cm high. Flash talks will take place at the end of each session. Each speaker will have a maximum of 4 slides and exactly 3 minutes to present their research.

Please note: the participant who present in “The Women in Marine Sciences” session (Session I) may give two presentations: one oral presentation in the “women” session and one oral presentation or one poster/flash talk in another session

The Call for Abstracts is open from March 1 to July 22, 2017

Registration is open from April 1 to September 15, 2017

Proposal format is as follows: Registration and abstract submissions are managed through the conference website at: Once logged in, you can submit an abstract and register for the IPFC10.

Please note: Only those participants who submit an abstract and register before July 22nd will be allowed to present their research (oral presentation, poster or flash talk) at the IPFC. Participants who register after July 22nd will be allowed to attend the conference, but will not be given the opportunity to present their research.

Contact : David Lecchini, Chairman of the 10th IPFC

French Polynesia Fish Barcoding Database

The French Polynesia Fish Barcoding Database contains all the captured specimens during several field trips organised by CRIOBE or participated since 2006 in Archipelagoes of French Polynesia. The database is online and accessible to all following this link :

Eight albums are available:

  • Gambiers 2010
  • Fish Larvae Moorea BioCode (2008 à 2010)
  • Moorea 2006
  • Moorea Deep-Sea Fishes 2008
  • Mohotani 2009
  • Marquesas 2011
  • Australs 2013
  • Scilly 2015

For each classified specimen, following information can be available: scientific name, picture, date, GPS point, depth and method of capture, size, and Cytochrome Oxidase c Subunit 1 (CO1) DNA sequence. The database can be searched using name (genus or species) or using a part of the CO1 DNA sequence.

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Criobe Team hope this database will be a useful tool for your research projects. Contact:

IRCP Grants 2017: the successful candidates!

Among the 30 submitted applications, here are the fourth successful candidates of the IRCP grants 2017:

First name/Last name Academic level University Research thematic
Eseta Drova Master Univ South Pacific (Fiji) Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A tool to better understand freshwater eels
Jack O’Connors Post-doc University of Melbourne (Australia) A Hard Day’s Night: How artificial light at night is changing the structure and function of coastal marine ecosystems
Krista Verlis Phd Macquarie University (Australia) Are coral reefs around French Polynesia at risk from marine debris pollution?
Clint Oakley Post-doc Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) The proteome and molecular functions of the coral surface mucus layer and its role in coral ecology


May in Moorea ! IRCP announces new course on coral reefs. Who’s Interested?

With financial support from Paris Sciences and Lettres (PSL) and and from French Pacific Funds, the IRCP is offering a summer course on coral reefs from 2 – 11 May 2017, in Moorea, French Polynesia.

The course will address the following topics:

  • Biology, Ecology & Conservation of Fish, Coral and Algae
  • Coral Reef Biodiversity Facing Global Changes
  • Long-term Monitoring in the South Pacific Coral Reefs
  • The Future of Coral Reefs and Human interactions
  • Linking governance & Socio-ecological Resilience of Coral Reefs in the Changing World

The course will be held at the CRIOBE, (Centre de Recherches Insulaires et OBservatoire de l’Environnement), a French research station located on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia since 1971. The course will be taught by instructors from a diverse range of backgrounds and who come from several PSL institutions: EPHE, CNRS, EHESS, ENS, Mines Paris Tech, ESPCI Paris.

Registration for the course is free, and several grants are available for PSL and USP students (Master or PhD levels) to support travel (Paris to Moorea or South Pacific Islands to Moorea) and accommodation.

If you are interested, please contact Prof. David Lecchini before the 10th April 2017 (

South Pacific 4 online!

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South Pacific, the fourth issue of the IRCP’s newsletter, is now available for downloading.

In this issue:

  • Associations of Moorea and Tahiti trained to coral restoration
  • Overwiew of the IRCP Grant Recipients – 2016
  • The 2016 El Niño and its impact on the coral reefs of French Polynesia

Best Wishes for 2017!


The IRCP joins the CRIOBE in extending best wishes for the new year!

Bleeker Awards IPFC 2017 – Nominations open!!

Since 2005, the Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC) has had the privilege of presenting the Bleeker Award, an award that honours individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of ichthyology in the Indo-Pacific. The award honours the memory of Pieter Bleeker, the late father of Indo-Pacific Ichthyology.

Organized by the CRIOBE, the 10th IPFC will be held in Papeete, Tahiti French Polynesia from 2-6 October 2017. Nominations for the 2017 Bleeker Awards are now open and will be presented to two ichthyologists for “an outstanding body of published work in Indo-Pacific ichthyology, with a focus on either on systematics or ecology”. The winners of Bleeker awards will have to give a talk about their research during the next IPFC in Tahiti.

More information here


H. Choat receiving the Bleeker Award – IPFC7


J. Randall receiving the Bleeker Award – IPFC7

The Bleeker Awards 2017 are realized thanks to partnership with Air Tahiti Nui and the InterContinental hotels.


Applications for IRCP-CRIOBE GRANTS 2017 are now open!

The Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs (IRCP) and the CRIOBE will offer 4 grants in 2017 to young scientists – PhDs and Post-doctorates, under 35 years old – for research projects focused on the coral reefs of French Polynesia. Grants will be available to both French nationals and foreigners. To support the advancement of science in the Pacific, one of the four award recipients will come from the South Pacific Islands.

The IRCP scientific committee, including several members from the Pacific Community (SPC), will lead the selection process.
Each grant is valued at 4500 euros and will support:

  • travel expenses to and from French Polynesia,
  • accommodation and research costs at the CRIOBE research station.

Selected candidates will have 12 months from the time the award is granted to complete their research project. Within a month of completing fieldwork, the candidates will provide a preliminary report of their findings. The successful candidates will provide a final report, including at least one publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal of a high standard, in the following year. The grant should be mentioned in reports and publications under the name “IRCP – CRIOBE”.

To apply for the 2017 IRCP-CRIOBE grant, applicants must submit:

  • a CV (2 pages max),
  • a research project (5 pages max. including references),
  • an abstract of research project (200-250 words)
  • and a financial appendix (including estimated expenses – 1 page max.)

Please send all application materials to: or

All applications must be received before 30 January 2017
Grant recipients will be announced 24 February 2017.

Replenishing Tetiaroa’s lagoon through PCC (2015-2018), the Video!

Replenishing Tetiaroa’s lagoon through capture, culture and restocking of fish and crustacean post-larvae (2015 – 2018)


The present project plans to replenish the Tetiaroa lagoon by rearing and releasing fish and crustaceans caught at post-larval stage over 3 years. The marine post-larvae will be caught using nets set up on the reef crest of the atoll. The post-larvae will be kept in aquarium at Tetiaroa research center in cages or in the lagoon between 1 to 3 months according to species, and then released in the lagoon of Tetiaroa. Released fish and crustacean will be marked by external tags or implantations of magnetic bars in the flesh. This tagging will allow to estimate, several months after being released, the proportion of marine raised post-larvae involved in the adult stock of fish and crustaceans at Tetiaroa. The replenishment of fish and crustacean will be conducted in the different parts of the Marine Protected Area at Tetiaroa. Overall, the implementation of this project is part of a responsible approach of management of the resource in the context of sustainable development at Tetiaroa and is part of The Tetiaroa Sustainable and Conservation Plan.


Fish larvae collected with the crest net at Tetiaroa

The innovative character of the present project is due to the use of fish and crustaceans caught at post-larval stage to replenish Polynesian lagoons. Many studies have been done on the PCC to demonstrate that the capture and culture of post-larval fish and crustaceans is an economically viable technology for the international aquaculture and aquarium markets (Bell et al. 2009). Unfortunately, very few studies have been conducted to demonstrate that the PCC is an environmentally sustainable technique to replenish a coral lagoon (Grignon 2010). The present project therefore aims to fill this gap. Thus, our project will provide new understanding of the connectivity and recruitment of fish and crustacean populations among habitats in coral reefs, which will assist conservationists and reef managers concerned with maintaining biodiversity on coral reefs. If the recruitment potential of some coral islands has decreased due to natural or human stressors, the populations of reef organisms will continue their rapid decline, as compromised habitat selection at recruitment will mean that larvae fail to replace and to sustain the adult populations on the reefs. The present project aims to replenish Tetiaroa lagoon by rearing and releasing fish and crustaceans caught at post-larval stage with crest nets. Another innovative is the use of external/internal tags to identify reared fish and crustaceans in aquaria or cages and thus estimate the impact of replenishment on the adult stock at Tetiaroa. Lastly, there is no decentralized management model suitable for public areas such as the Tetiaroa lagoon. The integration of economic actors of Tetiaroa allows a direct participatory approach of the first users of the island that are present on the atoll on a regular basis and have a vested interest in the preserved resource. The identified models could be adapted to other islands. The fishermen community is supportive of the project which could provide a long term solution for overfishing area.

=>Watch the Movie to have a look at the project