Oeno Atoll of the Pitcairn Islands (Credit: NASA, via Flickr)
An ecological assessment of ocean waters near the Pitcairn Islands finds they are unique and highly biodiverse. Full results of the assessment are discussed in an article in The Guardian.
Study authors say the remote area should be protected from outside disturbance because it is one of the least impacted in the whole Pacific Ocean. It has been shielded, they say, from pollution and overfishing that has impacted other ocean regions.
The Pitcairn Islands only support a population of 53 people. In the waters surrounding them, researchers have identified 80 new species of fish, coral and algae.
Image: Oeno Atoll of the Pitcairn Islands (Credit: NASA, via Flickr)