The Kermadec region is significant to New Zealand and the world, providing an important safe haven for threatened species and an underwater frontier that scientists are only now beginning to explore. Pew and its partners are calling for a large scale, fully protected marine reserve around the Kermadecs. If the entire region were to be protected, at 620,000 square kilometers it would be one of the largest marine reserves in the world.
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See some of the most geologically active and biologically unusual features in the ocean—wonders of the Kermadec region off New Zealand. Rare underwater footage of the Kermadecs reveals unparalleled biodiversity including turtles, sharks, fish, and colorful coral reefs. But this bounty needs protection. Read More
The ocean covers nearly three-fourths of the globe and is home to nearly half of the world’s known species—with countless yet to be discovered. It helps support more than 250 million people who depend directly or indirectly on fishing for their livelihoods. Still, human activities increasingly threaten its health. Although 72 percent of the world is covered by the ocean, less than 2 percent of... Read More
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Global Ocean Legacy works with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.
From Easter Island to New Zealand: Ocean Conservation across Polynesia
Thousands of miles of ocean separate the islands that shape the Polynesian Triangle — anchored by New Zealand (Aotearoa) in the west, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) to the southeast, and Hawaii to the north.
Map of the Kermadec Region
The Kermadec region – between New Zealand’s North Island and Tonga – is one of the last relatively untouched wilderness areas on the planet.