Greenpeace concerned at Kiribati fisheries' laws | Pacific Beat

Greenpeace concerned at Kiribati fisheries' laws

Greenpeace concerned at Kiribati fisheries' laws

Updated 27 June 2013, 11:10 AEST

Environmental groups have joined a growing number of politicians and scientists who are calling on Kiribati to get serious about protecting the waters around the Phoenix Islands.

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area was created in 2008 and it encompasses an area similiar in size to the US state of California. When it was created President of Kiribati Anote Tong was quoted as saying the protection meant it was off limits to fishing and other extractive industries, and that in creating it his country was giving a great gift to the world. But there is a growing chorus of concern that that promise is not being met, and that much of the PIPA is still open to explotation.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Seni Nabou, Greenpeace Pacific Political Advisor

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