12 May 2014

Uncertainty over French Polynesia fisheries project

2:14 pm on 12 May 2014

There is uncertainty over whether a Chinese investment into an aquaculture project in French Polynesia will go ahead on Makemo atoll.

Three months ago, the French Polynesian government signed a deal with Tian Rui International Investment for the project on Makemo, which would see investments worth 1.7 billion US dollars and the creation of 2,000 jobs.

But local media say the chief executive of Tian Rui, Wang Cheng, is back in French Polynesia to discuss the project being moved to Hao atoll.

Reports say Wang Cheng is yet to consult his board on the issue and will make his final decision on his next trip to French Polynesia scheduled for late May.

The original plan to have the project on Hao was changed last year because of concerns with the nuclear and physical pollution on the atoll.