We have helped preserve the Phoenix Islands for generations to come. In 2006, we led the charge to protect the Phoenix Islands and their pristine reefs. As a result, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area is now one of the world’s largest marine protected areas.
To date, we have led four diving expeditions to the waters of the Phoenix Islands. We discovered new species of marine life and added vast information on the biodiversity of the region. Perhaps most important, these expeditions have successfully documented ecologically healthy regions of the ocean that resemble pre-human—or pre-exploitation—conditions. These expeditions were featured in a World of Water Film and in the February 2004 issue of National Geographic Magazine, and provided essential information necessary to the creation of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.
Phoenix Islands Protected Area
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is one of the world’s largest marine protected areas, safeguarding more than 150,000 square miles of pristine coral reefs, undersea mountains and remote seabird nesting islands. We worked with the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to develop PIPA through several years of joint scientific research and policy development. Conservation International provided essential financial and technical assistance through their Global Conservation Fund and Pacific Islands Program.
World Heritage Designation
The Phoenix Islands are unique and irreplaceable; that is why they have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site by the United Nations--placing them in the same league as the Galapagos Islands and Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
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.