In April 2014, New Caledonia created the Coral Sea Natural Park, which includes the entire EEZ. A government committee is developing a management plan that will define the regions of the park, how they will be used, and their levels of protection.
Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy team is pleased to have been invited by the government to join the park management committee. Other members include representatives from the government, local institutions, environmental organizations, local communities, international and local nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. Pew is advocating for at least one vast, highly protected marine reserve to be included in the Coral Sea Natural Park. Within that area, fishing and other extractive activities would be prohibited.