6 May 2019

Cook Islands marine conservationist wins environmental prize

From , 5:00 am on 6 May 2019

A Cook Islands marine conservationist who received a global environmental award says she hopes it will bring more attention to protecting the Pacific Ocean.

Jacqui Evans led a five-year campaign to push for sustainable management of all of the 1.97 million square kilometres of the country's ocean territory, including the designation of marine protected areas, or MPAs.

This led to the Marae Moana Act, which established the MPAs and banned large-scale commercial fishing and seabed mining within 50 nautical miles of the 15 Cook Islands.

She spoke to Tim Glasgow about what it means to receive the award.

Jacqueline Evans

Jacqueline Evans Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize