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Conservationists praise UK for creating largest marine reserve around Pitcairn islands

Thursday, March 19th 2015 - 08:07 UTC
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Leading conservation groups, scientists and residents of Pitcairn Island congratulated the UK Government on its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Pacific. Read full article


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  • Clyde15

    Good news but how will it be policed . Pitcairn has no natural harbour or airstrip that could station any sort of fisheries protection vessel. Satellite surveillance ?.

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 09:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Another British naval base nearby,
    I presume their is an island able to accommodate,

    as you say, its a very big area to police.

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 11:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. No doubt British forces will create something. Didn't create the Mulberry harbours for 1944? Heavy-lift helicopters?

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 11:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    I don't think that the UK govt. is going to station a helicopter there for a population of 67 people. The topography of the island is rugged with cliffs all round and the only “harbour” requires vessels to anchor anchor in Bounty Bay and be ferried ashore by longboats.

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 01:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JoJo

    MAybe the HMS Bounty can patrol ;-) ?

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 02:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @Try again. Mulberry type harbours airlifted or towed from New Zealand. Never wise to underestimate the English. Just think of all those we've defeated. Oh look, Mulberry harbours, totally English. And there was D-Day. Sending in the colonials and the provincials. Apologies to courageous Americans and Canadians. I don't mean you. You were very nearly as good as the British.

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 03:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    I think it's got the best passive security setup possible (with the exception of places like Bouvet Island and Tristan da Cunha) - it's a hell of a long way to go to get to anywhere at all (apart from ocean) from there.

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 04:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Get with the times you bunch of boring old farts.

    We can track em.

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 06:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Yes as I said at #1 satellite surveillance BUT it still requires a vessel to intercept and check the suspected fishing boat, so where does this vessel come from ?
    You seem to have this covered so please tell us “boring old farts” how you would solve the problem of covering the area with fishery protection vessels and where would they be stationed ?.
    I presume you are happy for the UK to cover the expense for this.

    English, I believe it was a Welshman who proposed it. The prototype was built in Conway, in N.Wales and towed to Garlieston on the Scottish Solway coast for testing.
    The building of the harbour was shared throughout the UK with Scottish firms building the pierheads.

    Even if this ludicrous notion of building Mulberry harbours was done, what would be their use. To land anything on Pitcairn you would have to blast a section of the cliffs away to make a road to the top of the island.
    Of course, you could develop the idea by resurrecting PLUTO and pump fuel from New Zealand. That makes as much sense as towing artificial harbours a distance of over 3000 miles across the Pacific. Have you worked out the cost ?
    You would pay for it ?
    As to airlifting you do realise that it is a round trip of 6,000 miles from an island with no airstrip, requiring an aircraft so large and powerful to carry something weighing in at 3,000 tons ?
    You are absolutely bonkers if you really believe that.

    Try again !

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Pitcairn Islands

    Just out of interest,
    As we may be looking for another nuclear base for our subs,
    And the islands population is down to less that 60,

    Could not the island be used to house the subs and land based nuclear missiles,

    After all, its isolated, thousands of miles from anyone,
    And the missiles could reach anywhere,
    And at least it would then see more humans and the military would have somewhere else to go,

    Just a silly idea.
    But a hot thought..


    Mar 19th, 2015 - 07:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Boats have to return to port, fishing licences can be revoked, countries can be fined and assets can be frozen.

    Mar 20th, 2015 - 06:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Yes, BUT would Taiwan punish it's own fishing fleets?
    How do you prove that the fish were caught within the marine reserve UNLESS you catch them actually fishing. Is a licence required to fish in the High Seas ?

    Mar 20th, 2015 - 11:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    meanwhile, in the real world....
    “UN ruling raises hope of return for exiled Chagos islanders
    Britain acted illegally, say judges in scathing ruling that upholds Mauritius’s rights and restricts US ability to expand ‘rendition’ air base on Diego Garcia”

    ”In a withering judgment, the UK is accused of creating a marine protected area (MPA) to suit its electoral timetable, snubbing the rights of its former colony Mauritius and cosying up to the United States, which has a key military base – allegedly used for the rendition of terrorist suspects – on the largest island, Diego Garcia.”

    it seems the pirates dont give a shite for what the UN decides, eh??

    Mar 21st, 2015 - 12:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Meanwhile in the Fairy Tale world of Argentina
    On 3 April, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 502, calling for the withdrawal of Argentine troops from the islands and the cessation of hostilities.This the Argentinians ignored.
    It seems that the Argies dont give a shite for what the UN decides, eh??

    Mar 21st, 2015 - 05:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    more crap, its 5 years out of date,

    The European Commission has dismissed yet another complaint from Spain with regards to the Eastside reclamation

    even the Spanish wont give up the thievery.

    Mar 21st, 2015 - 07:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    15 your source is a 4th class newspaper from...gibraltar??

    Mar 21st, 2015 - 11:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    And your source contradicting this is?

    Mar 22nd, 2015 - 09:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    you really aint worth replying to,
    totally brainwashed.

    Mar 22nd, 2015 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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