Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory scientist Robert Richmond spoke to Worldwatch about PIPA and the decision to open the region to commercial fishing.
One of Earth’s last remaining marine wilderness areas, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area helps Kiribati’s unique biodiversity and large tuna population flourish.
Source: Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Timing is everything, even when it comes to California-sized marine reserves. In 2015, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, in the central Pacific, was put entirely off-limits to commercial fishing. The protected area, known as PIPA, has been a conservation success — but that success now comes with time-based caveat.
Kiribati protects Phoenix Islands: Tourism Advisory Committee is organizing a retreat; Juergen J Steinmetz; eTurboNews
The Republic of Kiribati has taken the commendable step of declaring the Phoenix Islands archipelago and surrounding waters, an area of 410,500 sq. km., as the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) and is under the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Tourism Advisory sub-committee is organizing a Retreat to be held at Tokaraetina Lodge in North Tarawa on Friday, 15th January returning Sunday the 17th January where they are going to review and update the existing Phoenix Island Protected Area [PIPA] Management Plan developed 7 years ago for the formulation of the PIPA Eco-tourism Investment Strategy.
This document once completed is going to serve as a comprehensive guideline for potential investors interested in undertaking investments in Kanton.
It is expected that this PIPA Eco-tourism and Investment Strategy will have been completed and ready to be used early 2018.
The major task is on the formulation of KPETIG.