Global Ocean Legacy


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.

The Expedition: What We Found

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala looks back at the science expedition to the...

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Pitcairn Brochure

One-of-a-Kind Pitcairn: The Marine Environment of the Pitcairn Islands.

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Our Work

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  • The UK's Chance for an Ocean Legacy

    The Claymore II had an impressive roll on as she trundled through a messy South Pacific Ocean toward Pitcairn, one of the world's most remote inhabited islands. I was aboard the 12-passenger working vessel nearing the end of the three-day journey from London to Pitcairn, a British overseas territory at the center of a proposal to create the world's largest marine reserve. Read More

  • A Pacific Ocean Legacy Embracing Tradition

    Pacific Island communities remain deeply connected to the ocean and uniquely attuned to the need to protect it. Read More

  • Global Ocean Legacy Map

    Global Ocean Legacy, a project of Pew and its partners, is working with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments. See where we are working in the map below. Read More