The te mana o te moana non-profit association was founded on September 23rd, 2004. Through its research, conservation, communication and educational activities, te mana o te moana strives to protect the marine environment of French Polynesia and to educate the public. Te mana o te moana association is state-approved and officially recognized by the environmental code.
"Te Mana O Te Moana" means "The Spirit Of Ocean"
Moorea is a high island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands, 17 km (roughly 9mi) northwest of Tahiti. Moorea means "yellow lizard" in Tahitian. An older name for the island is Aimeho, sometimes spelled Aimeo or Eimeo (among other spellings misunderstood by early visitors with no knowledge of the language). Early Western colonists and voyagers also referred to Moorea as York Island.