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PAPEETE, French Polynesia (December 2, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---Top officials from South Korea will meet with French Polynesian authorities next week to renegotiate fishing rights in territorial waters, the French Polynesian government said Thursday in a release.

The talks, which are to be held in the capital, Papeete, are scheduled to begin on December 9 and last for three days.

Topics on the agenda include a review of the 1998-99 catch, the requirement to provide French Polynesian authorities with catch statistics and to assure that precise information always is available about the vessels’ exact position while in French Polynesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).



PAPEETE, French Polynesia (December 1, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---Three French nuclear experts from the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA, Atomic Energy Commission) have ended a one-month survey of the impact of nuclear testing on the French territory’s atolls of Moruroa, Fangataufa and Hao, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

The survey was designed to assess radioactivity levels on the three atolls, following the closure of the French Centre d’Expérimentation du Pacifique (CEP) in 1996. The facility has since been dismantled.

The researchers will use the research results to prepare a radioactivity map of the three sites.

Most of the surveys were made by air with a helicopter equipped with state-of-the-art technology and sensors that measured energy levels on the ground.

"This way we can determine which radioactivity can be considered as man-made, including that in the zones suspected of contamination, and that which is natural," Claude Payen, who heads the CEP’s follow-up studies department, explained.

The research is only the first phase of the "Turbo 1" campaign, which in one month examined up to ten tons of seawater samples, "from the surface down to 900 meters deep."

The dozen scientists who took part in the mission also took samples of rain water, sediments, plankton, shrimps and sea cucumbers on the ground, at sea and on the reef.

"In fact, we have taken samples of biological elements throughout the food chain in the lagoon and the ocean, from the plankton to the fish."

The CEP follow-up department is to operate for the next 15 years.

"But this doesn’t mean that in fifteen years, there will be no more controls."

The results of the "Turbo 1" campaign are to be made public in June 2000.

"It will be widely publicized, probably even posted on to the Internet," Payen said.

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