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Tristan da Cunha

In 2020 the community of Tristan da Cunha committed to fully protecting an incredible 687,000 sq km of their territorial waters from fishing and all extractive activities. BLUE is delighted to work with the Becht Family Charitable Trust to provide key long-term support for the community of Tristan da Cunha.

Tristan da Cunha is a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic. Located between South Africa and South America, it is the most remote inhabited island in the world. This year the small, 250 strong community of Tristan da Cunha committed to fully protecting an incredible 687,000 sq km of their territorial waters from fishing and all extractive activities. At nearly three times the size of the UK, this is the largest zone of marine protection in the Atlantic Ocean.

This incredible commitment will protect some of the world’s most important seabird breeding sites, including the endemic Tristan Albatross. It will also safeguard populations of seals, penguin colonies, bluefin tuna and blue sharks.

BLUE is delighted to work with the Becht Family Charitable Trust to provide key long-term support for the community of Tristan da Cunha. This innovative approach, led by RSPB and National Geographic Society, will support this extremely remote community that does not have the opportunity to create the revenue streams that would usually be derived from hosting a marine protected area, such as tourism.

All Tristan da Cunha photos by National Geographic Pristine Seas

Tristan da Cunha

Key stats

687,000 sq km designated for protection

An area three times the size of the UK

Home to the critically endangered Tristan Albatross

 

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