Late in 2021, the Tristan da Cunha Council (the body that manages the affairs of the permanent residents) approved a measure that established a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the waters around the group of four islands constituting the Tristan archipelago (Tristan, Nightingale, Inaccessible and Gough).
The Tristan MPA is the latest in several large MPAs that have been established since 2006, totaling around 16 million square kilometers. The Pew Trusts and the National Geographic Society have been among the prominent organizations pressing successfully to establish these MPAs. The Tristan da Cunha MPA is now part of the UK’s “Blue Belt” initiative, encompassing over 4 million square kilometers of ocean.
The primary rationale behind establishing an MPA is the restoration of marine ecosystems and sustainable fisheries.
Rowan, Andrew N.
"Protecting the Oceans: Tristan Case Study,"
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