Small but mighty, Kiribati nudged past the US and created the largest Marine Protected Area in the world. Nice to see this kind of competition for the "biggest," I wonder who's next?
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) includes an large intact coral reef system on a series of atolls, and also includes underwater mountains and other deep-sea habitat.
Kiribati is looking to the future, and giving up some hard currency they could get from commercial fishing. In return, they expect to do a better job supporting subsistence fishing while protecting their ocean ecosystems and making them better able to persist in the face of climate change.
Yay, Kirabati, it's a good day for the ocean