Pitcairn Islands are amongst the most remote on the planet, nestled in the Pacific Ocean, around half-way between New Zealand and South America.

They are an overseas British territory, and the UK government has just announced that they are the site of what will be the largest marine protected area on the planet. Stretching to the full 200 mile limit surrounding the islands, the reserve will encompass a huge area of around 3.5 times the size of the UK.

Within this reserve, a myriad of life is supported. From endemic species such as the Pitcairn anglerfish, to healthy coral reefs and their many inhabitants, to ocean giants, such as the humpback whale, passing through on their epic journeys. In all, 1249 species have so far been recorded around the Pitcairn Islands, including many classed as threatened or endangered. The creation of the reserve should see this biodiversity safe and continuing to flourish, protected from any damaging activities, such as over-fishing, illegal fishing, and deep-sea mining.

 

Based on materials provided by ZSL.

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