Tara’s first port of call in Papeete, Tahiti

© Rémi Jouan

The research schooner Tara departed from Lorient on May 28 and has already sailed more than 22,000 of the 100,000 kilometers planned as part of the Tara Pacific expedition. Tara will arrive in French Polynesia late September.  For one and a half months the schooner will explore the biodiversity of coral reefs in the Tuamotu atolls and the Gambier Islands.

During Tara’s first port of call in Papeete, the general public and schools will be free to visit the schooner from October 4 – 6 (Place Vaiete) between 2pm and 6pm on the 4th, and between 4pm and 6pm on the 5th and 6th.

The crew will welcome you in the Tara Pavilion with the exhibition “Tara Pacific, biodiversity of coral reefs facing climate change”, October 2 – 9 (free entry).

A conference, “The Tara Pacific expedition” will be held on October 5, 5 – 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Papeete. With the participation of Serge Planes (CNRS – CRIOBE) and Denis Allemand (Scientific Center of Monaco).

 

PRESS INVITATION aboard Tara

Tuesday, October 4 at 10 am - Place Vaiete – PAPEETE

Around 10 am – Tara’s arrival and mooring at the main wharf

10:30 am – Tara Pavilion (main wharf)
Polynesian welcome of the schooner, crown and dance

10:45 am – Press welcomed aboard the schooner

10:45 am – 11 am: Presentation of scientific partners
• Stéphanie Thiébault, director of the CNRS Ecology & Environment Institute (INEE)
• Hubert Bost, president of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE)
• Denis Allemand, director of the Scientific Center of Monaco (CSM) and scientific co-director of the expedition

11 am – 11:30 am: Press briefing: the Tara Pacific expedition in details
• Romain Troublé, director general of the Tara Expeditions Foundation
• Serge Planes, CNRS research director at CRIOBE (EPHE/CNRS/UPVD) and scientific director of Tara Pacific
• Denis Allemand, director of the Scientific Center of Monaco (CSM) and scientific co-director of the expedition
• Samuel Audrain, captain of the schooner Tara

The briefing will be followed by a visit aboard Tara.

Press contact: Elodie Bernollin