Global Ocean Legacy

New Caledonia

About

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 species of fish and 473 species of coral. The waters of the territory’s exclusive economic zone span 1.3 million square kilometers (501,932 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 join the management committee working on plans for the Coral Sea Natural Park. The panel also includes representatives from the government, local institutions, environmental organizations, local communities, international and local nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

Pew is advocating for at least one vast, highly protected marine reserve to be included in the Coral Sea Natural Park. Within that area, fishing and other extractive activities would be prohibited. This level of protection fosters healthy marine ecosystems and maintains fish populations—particularly highly mobile and migratory species—and would help preserve the waters of New Caledonia for generations to come.

Project Team

Matt Rand, director, Global Ocean Legacy
Christophe Chevillon, director, Global Ocean Legacy-New Caledonia
Aline Schaffar, officer, Global Ocean Legacy-New Caledonia

Partners

Global Ocean Legacy, a project of Pew and its partners, is working with local communities, governments, and scientists around the world to identify the planet’s remaining healthy ocean ecosystems and to advocate for their protection within large and highly protected marine reserves. Together we are establishing the world’s first generation of great marine parks. To date, our efforts have helped to double the amount of safeguarded ocean habitat worldwide.

In New Caledonia, a French overseas territory in the South Pacific Ocean, the Global Ocean Legacy team is pleased to have been invited by the government to join the management committee dedicated to planning the Coral Sea Natural Park. Other members include representatives from the government, local institutions, environmental organizations, local communities, international and local nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

Pew is advocating for at least one vast, highly protected marine reserve to be included in the Coral Sea Natural Park. Within that area, fishing and other extractive activities would be prohibited. This level of protection fosters healthy marine ecosystems and maintains fish populations—particularly highly mobile and migratory species—and would help preserve the waters of New Caledonia for generations to come.

Our Sites

Global Ocean Legacy is working with local communities, governments, and scientists worldwide to identify and protect the planet’s remaining healthy marine ecosystems.

Where We Work

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.

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Media Contact

Laura Margison

Director, Communications

202.540.6395