Freitag, 4. Mai 2012

Pitcairn


- where the descendants of the mutineers of the HMS Bounty are living





On 17th  and 18th march I was at the pitcairn islands with the Expeditioncruiseship MS Hanseatic. On 17 th we made ​​a boat tour along the coast of Ducie Island and on the 18 th March we went to Pitcairn. The Pitcairn Islands officially named the Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, form a group of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. The islands are a British Overseas Territory. The four islands – named Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno – are spread over several hundred miles of ocean and have a total land area of about 18 square miles (47 km2). Only Pitcairn, the second largest and measuring about 2 miles (3.2 km) across, is inhabited.
The islands are best known as home of the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians (or Polynesians), who accompanied them, an event retold in numerous books and films.



News from Pitcairn (Text Tourism Quarterly III)

The world renown National Geographic Society and the Pew Environment Group’s Global Ocean Legacy project are working in collaboration with the Pitcairn community to assess the condition of Pitcairn Islands’ marine life and to help conservation of its resources. 

In March -April 2012 a National Geographic Expedition to the Pitcairn Islands, including remote Ducie and Oeno - picture perfect coral atolls with turquoise lagoons - and Pitcairn’s World Heritage site, Henderson Island, a got underway.






The expedition is in partnership with the Pew Environment Group’s Global Ocean Legacy to explore, survey and help protect Pitcairn Islands' pristine waters, one of the last wild places in the ocean. 

The 13 person team of scientists and filmmakers visited each island, scuba diving in the shallows and use cutting-edge cameras to explore the deep. High definition cameras and a futuristic mini-helicopter, built by National Geographic's remote imaging department, have already provided incredible previously unseen images of one of the most unique and untouched marine environments in the world. 

The Pew Environment Group’s Global Ocean Legacy and National Geographic are currently working with the people of Pitcairn to help them assess the science and marine health of Pitcairn's waters and the potential costs and benefits of establishing a vast marine reserve in Pitcairn waters. 


Pitcairn Islands Tourism Coordinator, Heather Menzies, considers this work to be incredibly valuable, "We have increasing enquiries about our other islands. With the Pew Environment Group’s Global Ocean Legacy Project and National Geo-graphic’s assistance we will be better placed in carefully balancing sustainable island heritage tourism with conservation and economic development. We hope to be able to offer limited trips to the outer islands in the not too distant future. For now we are focusing on establishing Pitcairn Island itself as the gateway to our less accessible islands."


Thank you, Heather, for the permission to use the text for my blog.







This informations and more you can read at the Tourism Quarterly. You want also informations about this wonderful island? 

For the Tourism Quarterly sent an email to tourism@pitcairn.pn
 
Have a great day 
© Constanze Hoffmann


Kommentare:

  1. Read this blog on Pitcairn Islands Expedition: Bizarre Fish Face Photo
    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/04/03/pitcairn-islands-expedition-bizarre-fish-face-photo/

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  2. Shortlink for News about Pitcairn on National Geographic: http://on.natgeo.com/Ohzr1J

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