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 the full protection of an area of at least 200,000 square kilometers (77,220 square miles), in which fishing and other extractive activities would be prohibited.
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Leaders and representatives from countries and territories across the Pacific Ocean will gather in New Caledonia on June 30 for Oceania 21 Meetings, a three-day summit on ocean conservation and environmental sustainability issues. Read More
The South Pacific Ocean could soon gain a vast new marine park. On April 24, the government of New Caledonia, a French overseas territory approximately 900 miles east of Australia, announced that it will develop a management plan for what will be known as the New Caledonia Coral Sea Natural Park. Spanning the territory's exclusive economic zone of 1.2 million square kilometers (463,323 square... Read More
NOUMEA—The Pew Charitable Trusts today commended the New Caledonian government for taking an important step forward in its commitment to establishing a large marine park in its vast waters. The government issued a decree on April 23 authorizing development of a management plan for the park, which would be known as the New Caledonia Coral Sea Natural Park. The move advances the government's... Read More