Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA): 2009 Scientific Expedition

December 10, 2009

 In September 2009 the fourth scientific expedition was mounted by the New England Aquarium to the Phoenix Islands, Republic of Kiribati in the South Pacific, and the first since the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) was legally established in 2008 to become the largest Marine Protected Area in the world, with a surface area of 408,250 km2. The expedition team of 14 people spent 11 days in PIPA from September 13 to the 23, completing over 400 SCUBA dives. Preliminary work on pelagic invertebrates and with a deep water ROV was conducted, while the main efforts focused on coral reef assessments, initiating a broader range of research projects on coral reef biota and terrestrial assessments with a management focus. Video footage was collected for further development of educational and promotional videos on PIPA, and a National Geographic Magazine photographer collected material for a future article on PIPA in the magazine. More

Source: PIPA website