Current projects include efforts to create fully protected marine reserves in New Caledonia, the Austral Islands of French Polynesia, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands and to fully complete the process to create three announced marine reserves: Australia’s Coral Sea, Easter Island Marine Park and the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary in New Zealand.
The waters around French Polynesia, a French overseas territory in the South Pacific Ocean, are home to 21 species of sharks and an exceptional coral reef system that supports 176 coral and 1,024 fish species.
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 fish and 473 coral species, and one of the world’s largest lagoons.
The remarkable ecological and geological landscape of the Revillagigedo Archipelago earned the island chain in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016.
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands lie more than 1,700 kilometers (1,050 miles) from the southern tip of South America in a remote expanse of the South Atlantic Ocean.