Threatened and Migratory Species
The diversity of these marine creatures is recognized as a fundamental element of Pacific Islands' culture and heritage. Many Pacific island cultures have legends, stories and traditional uses of marine mammals and turtles, indicating the importance of these creatures in the identities of people, their way of life and their heritage. Polynesian travels throughout the region are often linked with stories of migratory species such as great whales and turtles. Polynesians may have recognized the migratory paths of these species and used them as guides to the seas of the south Pacific.
The Threatened and Migratory Species programme focuses on helping the Pacific region through developing and implementation of the following initiatives: