Pitcairn Islands home to world’s largest marine reserve
The British Government has recently taken action to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a British overseas territory in the South Pacific Ocean.
The reserve will cover an area of 834,334-square-kilometre and is slightly larger than the size of New South Wales. Home to at least 1,249 species of marine mammals, seabirds and fish, the new reserve protects some of the most near-pristine ocean habitat on Earth.
Since March 2012 The Pitcairn Islands Council has been working with National Geographic’s “Pristine Seas” project and UK-based PEW Charitable Trust to conduct scientific exploratory expeditions and preparing a proposal calling for creation of a marine reserve to protect Pitcairn’s spectacular waters.
“Pitcairn Islands Tourism is guided by the principles of sustainable tourism development. The creation of the marine reserve adds a new dimension to our tourism offering. ” said Pitcairn’s Travel Coordinator, Heather Menzies. “Together with our World Heritage listed Henderson Island and our warm and hospitable people, who are a living history from the Bounty mutiny in 1789, we are a truly unique travel destination”.
“With the support of a number of international scientific and conservation organisations, Pitcairn Islanders are committed to preserving our pristine environment” Menzies added. “Allowing visitors to experience one of the most intact natural marine areas in the world”.