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Thursday, 12th February, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

# The area encompassing the Pitcairn Islands has four individual islands. The most well known is Pitcairn Island itself but there is also Henderson, Ducie and Oneo island.

These are spread over hundreds of miles of ocean and has one of the best preserved eco-systems on Earth. The Pitcairn Islanders and the PEW Charitable Trust is lobbying for that area to be made a marine reserve. This would prevent commercial fishing in the area and damage to the ecosystem.

The decision for it to be made a reserve is up to the UK government. The Guardian has a recent article on the topic:

A coalition of over 100 conservation groups, prominent academics and film and TV celebrities have called on the Foreign Office to declare full protection zones around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific ocean, as well as Ascension Island and the South Sandwich Islands in the Atlantic. The three proposed reserves would together protect around 1.8m sq km (0.7m sq miles) of ocean and more than double the size of the world's existing marine protected areas (MPA).

PEW has a great brochure about the Pitcairn marine environment and you can follow the progress of this on the Protect Pitcairn: An Underwater Bounty facebook page.

Pitcairn Islanders Speak Out about Marine Reserves and Pitcairn's Pristine Environment are a couple of videos on facebook that are useful viewing.

Please help to encourage publicity on this topic and work towards the UK government making a positive decision on the marine reserve.

Pitcairn's Pristine Environment The People of Pitcairn Speak

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