The Institute of Statistics of French Polynesia (ISPF)

Each year, the publications of the collection “Highlights Balance Sheets” make the economic and social synthesis of the past year according to a given theme: price index, foreign trade, employment, construction, tourism, demography, companies…


The ISPF is the territorial statistical agency. Its missions are:

  • to collect and produce data,
  • to administer directories,
  • coordinate the public statistical system,
  • to process, analyze and disseminate economic and social information.

The ISPF produces statistics in various fields such as tourism, construction, foreign trade, pearl farming, etc.

ISPF website

The ISPF retreats the data provided by the customs services to give indicators of trade with other countries. Foreign trade statistics give a representation of cross-border goods traffic. It makes it possible to analyze the flow of goods, in imports as in exports. Goods are understood to mean all goods which contribute to increasing or decreasing the stock of the country’s material resources.

Pearl review in 2016: “The pearl sector is getting stronger”

In 2016, the area exploited increased slightly and the number of producers of pearl oysters and raw cultured pearls increased.

The turnover declared in the pearl activity increased by 7% compared to 2015 and is above the average of the last five years.

On the other hand, export earnings fell for the second consecutive year in line with a sharp drop in volumes. The average price per gram of raw cultured pearl rose 4% to 613 F.CFP

Pearl review in 2015: “Export volumes are decreasing”

The year 2015 ended with declining results for pearl farming, whose exports fell, after two consecutive years of increase.

Their share in total local exports fell to 62% (compared to 69% in 2014). The average price of the raw cultured pearl loses 20 F.CFP to 1,010 F.CFP (- 2%).

In 2015, the number of concessions increased by 5% while the total lagoon area used returned to the level of 2013 at 7,600 hectares (- 8%). The number of pearl oyster producers is increasing while the number of cultured pearl producers is decreasing.

Pearl review in 2014: “Pearl farming in 2014: export volumes up again”

In 2014, export earnings from pearl products increased for the second consecutive year (+ 12%).

Their share in total local exports represents 69% (compared to 66% in 2013).

Export volumes increased by 6% after three years of decline.

The average pearl price increased to 1,030 F.CFP (+ 1.5%).

In addition, the lagoon areas used for pearl farming increased to 8,300 hectares (+ 8.5%).