The Marine Environment of the Pitcairn Islands


The Marine Environment of the Pitcairn Islands by Robert Irving & Terry Dawson. 2012. Published by Global Ocean Legacy Project, Pew Environment Trusts/Dundee University Press. 106 pp.

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The Marine Environment of the Pitcairn Islands was commissioned by the Pew Environment Trusts as part of their campaign to create a Marine Reserve around the Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific. The report lists all 1500+ species of marine wildlife, from seaweeds to cetaceans, that have been recorded within the four islands’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), covering 836,108 sq. km. The report is beautifullly illustrated with over 50 of Robert Irving’s photographs.

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Publisher’s blurb:

The Pitcairn Islands, located in the central South Pacific, are some of the remotest islands on Earth.

The last British Overseas Territory in the Pacific, only the rugged main island is settled by a small population of around fifty, mostly descendants of the infamous HMS Bounty mutineers who took refuge there in 1790.

As a result of their extreme isolation and lack of human interference, the coastal and undersea world of the Pitcairn Islands is a pristine natural wilderness, which harbours an intriguing array of habitats and species.

Drawing upon a wealth of information and data, from historical documents, reports and earlier expeditions, complemented by their own discoveries, Robert Irving and Terry Dawson have documented the most comprehensive account of the fisheries and marine environment of the waters surrounding the Pitcairn Islands.

Beautifully illustrated, this is the first scientific guide covering all that is currently known of the marine flora and fauna of these remarkable islands.

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