Good News for Ocean Conservation!

The Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific Oceanscape, is serious about protecting the world’s largest remaining tuna stocks.

President Anote Tong recently announced that the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) will close to ALL commercial fishing on December 31, 2014 .

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    EditImage Alt Text:Fish in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. © Keith A. Ellenbogen
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    EditCaption Description:More than 120 species of coral and 514 species of reef fish have been identified in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (including several new species).
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    Edit Image Alt Text:The coast of Kiribati. © Conservation International/photo by Peter Stonier
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    Edit Image Alt Text:Men in boat off coast of Kiribati. © Conservation International/photo by Peter Stonier
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    Why is this important?

    Eat sushi? Chances are, your last spicy tuna roll was made with fish caught in the waters of the Pacific Oceanscape, home to 60% of the world’s tuna catch.

    The size of California (408,250 square kilometers/157,630 square miles), PIPA is one of the world’s most economically important waters. Tuna numbers are dwindling, though, and the off-limits PIPA will be important for large-scale conservation of the popular fish, as well as other ocean resources.

    This is big news for PIPA’s other species, too, including 550 species of reef fish, 200 species of coral, giant clams, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, groupers and sharks. And because PIPA’s deep sea is mostly unexplored (in fact, it’s the world’s largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site), protecting it also safeguards many species that have yet to be studied or even discovered.

    Above all, Kiribati — one of the most at-risk nations to climate change impacts, especially sea level rise that threatens the supply of fresh water — is leading by example. It’s showing the world that protecting natural resources can improve peoples’ lives and provide the basis for a healthy, sustainable society.

    Can you help?

    Share this page with your friends and family on social media so everyone hears about this amazing achievement in ocean conservation.

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