MANagement of Atolls

Pearl farming is the main economic activity of many atolls and islands of French Polynesia and Cook Islands. However, it remains fragile. One of the weak links is the ability to predict the efficiency of pearl oyster spat collection. The problem depends on the life cycle of the oyster populations and the hydrodynamics of the lagoons. This project focuses on better understanding and modeling these aspects for lagoons with contrasting ocean openings.