15 Mar 2017

'Big support' for more protection of New Caledonia waters

1:02 pm on 15 March 2017

An environmental group says there's big support for a "no take" zone in at least a third of New Caledonia's waters.

View from the Ouen Toro look out in Noumea, New Caledonia looking over the neighbouring Islands.

View from the Ouen Toro look out in Noumea, New Caledonia looking over the neighbouring Islands. Photo: Copyright: lisastrachan / 123RF Stock Photo

The territory's waters have been given nominal protection under the Coral Sea Natural Park which was established in 2014 and experts are putting together a management plan for the 1.3 million sq km zone.

The Pew Charitable Trusts' project manager in New Caledonia Aline Schaffar said 5000 people had signed a statement in support of a fully protected area immediately.

Ms Schaffar said the Coral Sea Natural Park was merely a "paper park" so far.

"When it was created people were talking of an empty shell because there was no new protection implemented for this area. Three years later we are still at the same stage with no vision on concrete action for the area."

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