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Thursday, 19th March, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

# I've written before about the desire to create a marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands. I'm very happy to report that this is now underway. BBC News reports that Pitcairn Islands get huge marine reserve:

The UK is to establish the largest, continuous marine reserve in the world, around the Pitcairn Islands.

The Pacific zone will cover 834,000 sq km (322,000 sq miles) - more than twice the land area of the British Isles.

The Pew Trust applauds creation of Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve:

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Geographic Society praised action by the British government today to create the world's largest fully protected marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, an overseas territory in the South Pacific Ocean.

The 834,334-square-kilometre reserve (322,138 square miles) is roughly 3 ½ times the size of the United Kingdom. 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. In 2013, Pew and National Geographic joined the local elected body, the Pitcairn Island Council, in submitting a proposal calling for creation of a marine reserve to protect these spectacular waters.

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