by Maria Mooney
Categories: Animals, Causes.

New Caledonia, a small island territory in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, may not be a popular vacation destination but it is making headlines for its progressive animal protection. The island announced last week that it would be creating the world’s largest protected area for marine life, spanning a 1.3 million square kilometers and covering the island’s entire exclusive economic zone, stretching out more than three times the size of Germany.

Although the island’s population is quite small, topping off at 250,000 inhabitants, the newly established protected area is home to 48 shark species, 25 types of marine mammals, 19 bird species and 4,500 square kilometers of stunning coral reefs. Global Ocean Legacy worked with the New Caledonia government to establish the protected area, and it hopes it will serve as a model for other island nations throughout the world.

“This decree brings us one step closer to ensuring that New Caledonia’s ecologically important marine habitat and the life it holds will remain healthy for the long-term,” says the group’s project director, Christophe Chevillon. “Within New Caledonia’s waters are unique areas deserving of the highest level of protection. As the management plan is developed, we are advocating for these special places to be safeguarded from fishing and other extractive activities to ensure they remain healthy and continue to deliver eco-tourism and environmental benefits,” he adds.

We also hope to see other island nation’s following in New Caledonia’s footsteps and setting more examples of marine mammal protection throughout the ocean’s of the world.

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About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at for a free health consultation today!

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