Marine products commonly used in creative and cultural products in Pacific Island and territories
Shells are commonly used for adornment- jewellery, costumes and home decor. These shells are not listed in CITES but throughout most Pacific Islands are still monitored in terms of their movement, particularly for commercial trade.
|English Name: Black lipped oyster
Scientifc Name: Pinctada margaritifera
Indeginous Name: Parau (Cook Islands); Civa (Fiji); Tifa (Samoa); Parau (Tahiti Nui/ French Polynesia)
|English Name: Trochus
Scientifc Name: Trochus niloticus
Indeginous Name: Torōkati (Cook Islands) sici (Fiji), torōkati parau (Tahit Nui/French
General Information: Trochus shell are often used in jewellery in Pacific countries, are permitted for commercial and personal use.
| English Name: Thorny oyster shell
Scientifc Name: Spondylus
|English Name: Yellow sea-snail shell
Scientifc Name: Orobophana pacifica
Indeginous Name: Pūpū
Pūpū is native to Cook Islands and particularly to Mangaia in the Southern group. It is widely used for ‘ei (necklaces) but is currently listed as locally endangered. This shell is used predominantly in Cook Islands, Tahiti and Niue.
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