20 Sep 2016

New marine reserve established around Pitcairn Island

From , 5:02 am on 20 September 2016

Pitcairn Islanders have been celebrating the establishment last week of 830,000 square kilometres of marine reserve around their remote island.

The islanders raised a flag to mark the waters' protected status after five years of campaigning alongside the environmental agency Pew Charitable Trusts.

The British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Pitcairn's Governor Jonathan Sinclair told Sally Round it's the first time any government has combined to create a reserve in a remote area with a plan to use high tech surveillance to enforce fishing bans.

St Pauls Point, Pitcairn Island

St Pauls Point, Pitcairn Island Photo: Supplied