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 almost a quarter of the world’s known species—with many more yet to be discovered. It plays an essential role in sustaining life by regulating global chemistry and climate and providing sustenance for billions of people. But human activities are increasingly threatening the ocean’s health. Many experts... Read More
In recent years, the British government has led the world in marine protection. The country’s leaders have committed to fully protecting the islands and coral reefs of the British Indian Ocean Territory, the pristine Pacific waters of the Pitcairn Islands, and the rich biodiversity around Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. Read More
A map featuring the world's largest highly protected marine reserves. Read More