Pristine Seas: New Caledonia Expedition Begins

Last year the governments of New Caledonia and Australia announced their commitment to create a large marine park in the Coral Sea extending across the maritime boundary between these two countries. However, a large portion of the Coral Sea in New Caledonia, in particular the remote Chesterfield Banks on the western region, have barely been explored.

National Geographic is partnering with the Waitt Institute and the Institute de Recherche pour le Developement (IRD) of New Caledonia to explore, survey and film these remote reefs through a Pristine Seas expedition.

The expedition will take place from November 1-21, 2013, and the team will travel to the Chesterfield and the Entrecasteaux Reefs on the North, as well as to Petri and Astrolabe in the East. The main objectives of this Pristine Seas expedition are to fill gaps in scientific data on this area, and to produce a documentary film.

Stay tuned for updates from the field!

Marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who combines science, exploration and media to help restore marine life. Sala’s scientific publications are used for conservation efforts such as the creation of marine protected areas. 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 2008 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

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