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Tara. Two syllables that roll from one side to the other... This is the name of an extraordinary boat, an oceanographic schooner that has been sailing for almost two years in the Pacific Ocean. On board, sailors and passionate researchers try to unlock the secrets of coral reefs.
Tara Pacific Expedition
Launched in 2016, this expedition, named Tara Pacific, will end in the fall of 2018. I had the chance to embark with a team of scientists and spend a week on board with them for a report, in February 2018.
I joined them in the Philippines, near the small island of Pangatalan, to discover the work of coral reef restoration carried out by the Sulubaai foundation, created by a French couple, before crossing the China Sea to Vietnam… An unforgettable adventure.
"At first, we had the dream of erasing the damage caused by man on this island, sums up Frédéric Tardieu. Today it has become a struggle to make this tiny place on Earth a lung of biodiversity. "
Originally from Marseille, he and his wife Chris created the Sulubaai foundation in 2012 in the Philippines, a year after having set their sights on the small island of Pangatalan, near Palawan. At the age when others began to think about their retirement, they left everything in France to devote themselves to the restoration of the island, whose reef and vegetation were devastated.
In 2016, they managed to transform an area of around 40 hectares around the island into a protected maritime area (MPA), where fishing is prohibited.
I tell the whole story in this article published on March 15, 2018 in the evening edition (Ouest-France), I give you the link here:
To discover below, the video report on Pangatalan, produced during our visit by Noëlie Pansiot, flight correspondent for Tara :
UPDATE 2019.I also invite you to listen this episode of May 22, 2019 from the excellent podcast On the roads of Asia, who gives the floor to Fred Tardieu. He tells with an communicative enthusiasm the incredible adventure in which he and his wife embarked, helped by the young diver and marine biologist Thomas Pavy, to transform the island and obtain the status of marine protected area (MPA) around Pangatalan:
UPDATE 2020. The 20H of TF1 broadcast, Sunday, February 16, 2020, a report on Pangatalan and the current missions, driven by Fred Tardieu and the Sulubaaï foundation, in particular the repopulation of reefs thanks to post-larvae of fish. I put you below the video of the report published on Facebook by the company ECOCEAN, based in Montpellier and specialized in this field:
Some other images of the adventure
This fantastic experience in the Philippines took me a little further, to Vietnam. Because after the stopover in Pangatalan, the schooner crossed the South China Sea earlier than expected and I stayed on board, which was not on the program, initially…
I thus discovered what it was like to spend several days on the high seas, on a sailboat with round hull, when one is not used to sailing at all… 🤮 😂 I will surely tell you that one day… 😎