A little while ago I received an invitation to an event which will be held towards the end of the month concerning the future of the seas around the Pitcairn Islands. I was quite interested in attending until I saw that it was in Marseille.
However, this blog has shown an interest in marine protected areas, including those which should exist around the wildlife-rich seas of the UK Overseas territories such as Pitcairn.
The UK Government is pondering whether there should be a strict Marine Protected Area in the seas around the Pitcairn Islands and will make its decision fairly soon. It doesn’t seem a very difficult decision really. The small Pitcairn Island human community is united in wanting their seas to be protected – and that’s quite unusual in such cases. The science on the importance of the marine wildlife around Pitcairn is not disputed – this would be a National Park with strong protection if it were above the waves.
I do hope that my government realises that the natural importance of these seas is so high that the small amount of money that might be made by exploiting their fish stocks doesn’t really count.
If you would like to encourage this view – the ‘protect the Pitcairn seas’ view – then do have a look at the Facebook page on this subject and ‘like’ the page.