Our waters are vibrant blue, crystal clear and so pure it’s like something beyond imagination, and we wanted to keep them that way. We were already managing our lobster fishery sustainably, but we wanted to go further. Our community cannot survive without the ocean as we rely completely on its benefits.
The journey to our Marine Protection Zone began in 2010 when the Tristan da Cunha community started discussing how to protect our pristine ocean. We were already managing our lobster fishery sustainably, but we wanted to go further.
Tristan islands team with numerous species of fish and invertebrates, of which the Crayfish is harvested commercially.
The waters that surround Tristan da Cunha are some of the richest in the world. Tens of millions of seabirds soar above the waves, penguins and seals cram onto the beaches, threatened sharks breed offshore and mysterious whales feed in the deep-water canyons. The Tristan da Cunha Marine Protection Zone protects almost 700,000km2 of pristine marine environment.