Photo by Mary Jane Adams

The Phoenix Islands are more than 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii—far enough away from the rest of the world that they are still largely unharmed by human actions. This isolated island chain is home to one of the Earth’s last intact oceanic coral archipelago ecosystems. The coral reefs teem with life and the tropical skies are alive with seabirds—proof that this remains one of the most pristine places left on our planet.


Phoenix Islands Expedition Blog

Nearly one year after the Phoenix Islands Protected Area was created, Aquarium researchers return to this amazing coral ecosystem to explore and study biodiversity. Read more...


Project Background

Since our first visit to the Phoenix Islands in 2000, we have been working to preserve this irreplaceable ecosystem.

Current Projects

We divide our time between hands-on scientific expeditions to explore and document the Phoenix Islands’ incredible biodiversity and policy work to help preserve this region.

Results and Successes

In 2006, the New England Aquarium led the charge to protect the Phoenix Islands and their pristine reefs. Today, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area is the one of the world’s largest marine protected areas.