In September 2016, the British government formally established a 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 planet’s 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 its Global Ocean Legacy partners, helped make the case for the reserve’s designation. Today, the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project and its partners are working with the British government and the Pitcairn Island community to implement the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve and protect this important habitat for generations to come.
Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation have joined forces in a new partnership with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022.
Global Ocean Legacy works with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.