2 Jun 2014

French Polyensia concerned about Hao fish farm

3:32 pm on 2 June 2014

Some residents on Hao atoll in French Polynesia have staged a demonstration against a huge aquaculture project of a Chinese company.

At the beginning of the year, the government signed a deal with Tian Rui International Investment for fish farms that would see investments worth 1.7 billion US dollars and create about 2,000 jobs.

The project was to go ahead on Makemo but last month, it was announced that it would be switched to Hao.

La Depeche reports that landowners on Hao have concerns about the venture.

The atoll had been considered for fish farming for years, but last year Makemo was picked for the Chinese project because of concerns with the nuclear and physical pollution on the atoll.