Some species are protected by French Polynesian legislation and or international treaties (e.g., CITES) and require additional permitting for research on those species in French Polynesia and/or for their export.

If you are collecting protected specimens, you should apply for a permit.  The CITES form (or a list of species, quantitiy, size, date of collection, and a short paragraph explaining the project and the reason for collection, the qualifications of the person asking to collect, impact of the collection on the species survival, how the specimens will be packed for shipping, name of person carrying the specimens, name and address of the lab where the samples will be going,  flight information)  should be sent to Gump and the station will apply for the permit on your behalf.

CITES Permit Request Form

For a comprehensive database of Moorea's biodiversity, visit The Moorea Biocode Project.




Some species are protected by French Polynesian law and/or international treaties. Research on these species require additional procedures depending on the species and activity proposed. Species are protected because they are recognized as locally endangered (FP legislation) or because they are overexploited by international trade (CITES). If you wish to study a protected species, please include a short proposal specifically for this study along with your general permit application (protocole d'accueil) and send it to Hinano Teavai-Murphy.

Legal instruments in force in FP

Species protection

  • On a local scale: The responsible authority is the Council of Ministers in French Polynesia.
    • Category A species: Collection and exportation are forbidden anywhere and at anytime without prior authorization.
    • Category B species: Collection and exportation are forbidden without prior authorization in specific habitats and for a limited period.
  • At the international scale: The Management authority is the "Haut-Commissariat de Polynésie française".
    • Appendix I: Prior grant of an import permit and either an export permit or a re-export certificate are required.
    • Appendix II: Prior grant of an export permit or a re-export certificate is required.
    • The CITES appendices can be found on the CITES website.

Legal obligations exemptions

Researchers are subject to specific derogations

  • FP legislation: The Ministers council can permit collection and exportation for scientific research purposes only if the demand specifies precisely the utilization and destination of the specimens subject to the derogation.
  • CITES: Non-commercial loan, donation or exchange between scientists or scientific institutions registered by a Management Authority of their State are exempted from permits requirements.
  • Requests for permits, authorizations and derogations, should be addressed to: DIREN, Direction Régionale de l'Environnement in French Polynesia (Main authority for protected species) Contact: But we recommend you contact the Gump Station first to assist with preparing your request.

Exporting Scientific Specimens

  • Exporting CITES species and/or FP protected species from French Polynesia to a CITES registered institution overseas can be arranged. Please contact the Gump Station for details.
  • Non-protected species
    • Shipping will be done through FedEx and the following items will need to be attached to the outside of the box. If you plan to take specimens in your luggage, you will still need to have all forms.
    • Detailed list of contents (naming all species to be shipped)
    • Scientist's research permit (Protocole D'Acueil)
    • Exportation Form
    • A value for the contents must be given. We suggest $10 or the value of the vials/containers etc.
    • NOTE: Alcohol of any quantity cannot be shipped.
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