Integrated and sustainable regulation of cones in Eastern Polynesia
Toxins of cone snails (conotoxins) are an important source of pharmaceuticals for treating human health. Development of a sustainable use plan for this resource is hence key. However, a few of the 931 species of cone snails have been studied in detail and only a small fraction of conotoxin diversity has been characterized.
This project is the first attempt to develop a model of sustainable use of cone snails. It will specifically focus on species present in French Polynesia where 114 cone snails occur, including 20 species that are endemic (1/8 of the world diversity).