The waters around French Polynesia, a French overseas territory in the South Pacific Ocean, comprise the world’s largest contiguous exclusive economic zone. At 5 million square kilometers (1.9 million square miles), the territory’s waters span an area as large as the landmass of the European Union. These vast and healthy waters are home to 21 species of sharks and an exceptional coral reef system that supports 176 coral and 1,024 fish species.
Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy team was invited by the mayors and local communities of the Austral Islands, one of the five archipelagos that make up French Polynesia, to collaborate on efforts to designate a large-scale marine reserve in their waters.
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The waters around French Polynesia’s Austral Islands in the South Pacific Ocean are known for their outstanding marine biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. Read More
Our expedition set sail from New Zealand last month to explore marine biodiversity in French Polynesia’s Austral and Gambier islands and better understand how it compares to other areas in the South Pacific, such as the Kermadec Islands off New Zealand. Read More