staff. They are clearly very
“Tong is here with Greg Stone. They just gave a press conference. They claim the PNA numbers are fuzzy math and that the government is putting $2.5 million into the trust fund. No mention of closing PIPA. Tong was being puppetted around by Stone and other CI
staff. They are clearly very
This is the fifth in my series of articles on the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, which would be the most imported protected area in the world if it were actually closed to fishing. More fish is taken out of it than was from any other area before it became a marine reserve.
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On September 1, the web magazine Salon, which is read by 3.4 million people a year, featured the story.
Scientists say closing the Phoenix Islands Protected Area to all fishing makes good business sense for the citizens of Kiribati
Closing the reserve would be the most effective act of marine conservation ever because it is so intensively fished, scientists say. And it would cost nothing in the short run and turn a profit in the long run.
First, the fisheries scientists say the reserve is only 11% of the Kiribati EEZ, so the purse-seiners who take the bulk of the tuna catch and use fish-aggregating devices could easily fish around it with little or no dent in their profits, which are currently estimated at over 100%. Second, the scientists predict the biomass inside the reserve will double, so that fishing along the borders of PIPA -- which are almost all in Kiribati's EEZ -- would be more profitable than elsewhere. Kiribati could charge a premium for fishing in the Phoenix Islands EEZ that's outside PIPA. Finally, when climate change increases the sea level in the Central Pacific to the point the islands become uninhabitable, the extra amount of fish in the reserve, immune from the overfishing that goes on outside it, will serve as a piggy bank that can help finance the evacuation. And as tuna prices increase, driven by demand in India and China, the kitty will become increasingly valuable.
Here are the details in the July issue of the Fiji magazine Islands Business.
PIPA director asserts there's no fishing inside reserve; Greenpeace identifies vessels inside protected area
Today the Kiribati Independent newspaper reported here
in an article picked up by Radio New Zealand here
that Tukabu Tereroko, the director of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, “has denied reports that their marine reserves have been fished by some foreign fishing boats. He says this is a no fishing area where fish
species are being kept and preserved for future generation and have not found or heard of fishing activity there.” Tereroko dis not reply to an e-mail seeking confirmation and clarification.
The PIPA management plan, posted here
details how only 3% of the California-sized reserve is closed to fishing – the areas around the eight islands, the only part of PIPA that was hardly ever fished before PIPA’s creation in 2008. The plan calls for
another 25% to be closed to all fishing by 2015 if $13.5 million is deposited in the PIPA Trust Fund by 2014, which now appears unlikely. Conservation International’s Greg Stone said that week that CI’s pledge of $2.5 million would be deposited “this year.” A month ago he said it would be disbursed ‘in a few weeks.”
I queried Greenpeace, which monitors fishing vessels in the region, and received this reply today:
“Right now US seiner Cape Finisterre is fishing inside Pipa. Not long ago, Korean long liner Shin Yung No.55 was fishing there. She is now just outside Pipa, but inside the Kiribati EEZ. Spanish Seiner Aurora B was
there on June 17. I attach some images and Google Earth files with evidence. US seiner Cape Hatteras fishing inside on June 6, as was US seiner Cape Horn on May 10-11.”
INTER-PRESS SERVICE June 20, 2013
TARAWA, Kitibati – A growing chorus of politicians, scientists
and environmentalists are urging President Anote Tong of Kiribati to actually do what he has been saying was done in 2008: create the world’s most effective marine protected area in a remote archipelago in the Central Pacific Ocean. “He must close (the Phoenix Islands Protected Area) to all fishing immediately to salvage the country's honor,” says his predecessor, Teburoro Tito.
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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, June 14, 2013
Tarawa, Kiribati – For the past five years, Conservation International, the New England Aquarium and the president of this Pacific island nation have claimed to have pulled off one of the biggest achievements in
conservation – the creation of one of the world's largest marine reserves that ban all fishing. But in fact, only 3 percent of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area has been closed to commercial fishing since its creation five years ago and an unsustainable fishing frenzy is underway in the rest.
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Science magazine, February 7, 2013
Over the past six years, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom have created huge marine reserves that banned fishing in more than 1.9 million square kilometers of ocean - an area the size of Mexico. The trend delights conservation scientists who are worried about overexploitation of the world’s oceans. But some are worried that reserves in various states of development in Kiribati, the Cook Islands and New Caledonia do little to actually protect marine life.
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Pacific nations are seeking to end overfishing
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