The Pitcairn Islands, a small U.K. Overseas Territory located in the remote central South Pacific, has one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones in the world. And within those waters lies one of the best-preserved ecosystems—a complex community of hard and soft corals that are home to hundreds of species of fish, including two found nowhere else on Earth. Pew, with partners the National Geographic Society and the Pitcairn Island Council, is calling for this region to be declared the largest fully protected marine reserve in the world to protect the health of this important marine ecosystem.
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Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom expressed support on May 8 for creation of the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the Pitcairn Islands in a debate on the floor of historic Westminster Hall in London. Read More
The Pew Charitable Trusts welcomes a report issued today by the British Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, which includes the recommendation that “…the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) must respond positively to the Pitcairn Islander's request to establish a fully protected Marine Protected Area around the Pitcairn Islands.” Read More