New Caledonia, a French overseas territory in the South Pacific Ocean, is home to an incredible array of marine life, including more than 1,700 fish and 473 coral species. The waters of the territory’s exclusive economic zone span 1.2 million square kilometers (463,323 square miles), within which lies one of the world’s largest lagoons.
Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy team is pleased to have been invited by the New Caledonian government to collaborate, along with the French Marine Protected Areas Agency and other groups, on the territory’s visionary effort to create a large marine park in its waters.
We are advocating for a very large area of New Caledonia’s waters to be highly protected, in which fishing and other extractive activities would be prohibited.
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New Caledonia is spotlighting the importance of large and highly protected marine reserves for conserving the world’s oceans. Starting Dec. 5, the New Caledonia Aquarium (“Aquarium des Lagons”) and The Pew Charitable Trusts are presenting an exhibition titled “Oceans at Risk: Very Large (XXL) Reserves” (“Océans en Danger: Les Réserves XXL”). Read More