World’s Largest Marine Protected Area Created In Pacific Ocean
"The Republic of Kiribati has now set a standard for other countries in the Pacific and elsewhere in the world."
- Russell A. Mittermeier, Conservation International president
Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati - The small Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has become a global conservation leader by establishing the world's largest marine protected area -- a California-sized ocean wilderness of pristine coral reefs and rich fish populations threatened by over-fishing and climate change.
The 410,500-square-kilometer (158,453-square-mile) protected area also includes underwater mountains and other deep-sea habitat.