In March 2015, the British government announced its intent to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the waters surrounding the Pitcairn Islands. A small U.K. overseas territory in the remote central South Pacific Ocean, Pitcairn has one of the largest exclusive economic zones in the world. Within these 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, on behalf of the Global Ocean Legacy campaign partners, is working with the British government and the Pitcairn Island community to implement the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve and protect this important marine habitat for generations to come.
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The ocean covers nearly three-fourths of the globe and is home to nearly half of the world’s known species—with countless yet to be discovered. It helps support more than 250 million people who depend directly or indirectly on fishing for their livelihoods. Still, human activities increasingly threaten its health. Although 72 percent of the world is covered by the ocean, less than 2 percent of... Read More
The ocean conservation community celebrated a huge victory March 15 when the British government created the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve, declaring 322,138 square miles (834,334 square kilometers) of water around the Pitcairn Islands off-limits to all extractive activity, including fishing. Now that the applause from the announcement has faded, I want to share what made... Read More