About the Project
Pristine Seas is an exploration, research, and media project to find, survey, and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. These pristine places are unknown by all but long-distance fishing fleets, which have started to encroach on them. It is essential that we let the world know that these places exist, that they are threatened, and that they deserve to be protected.
Latest Expedition: New CaledoniaLast 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 is taking place from November 1-21, 2013, and the team is traveling 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.
Follow the expedition in the National Geographic Explorers Journal blog.
Follow Enric Sala on his Pristine Seas: Franz Josef Land expedition in the Russian Arctic.
Enric Sala, Mike Fay, and their team surveyed the little known underwater life in Gabon, hoping to shed light on an underwater paradise.
Dr. Enric Sala and his team explored the remote Desventuradas Islands hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile.
National Geographic explorers Enric Sala and Mike Fay explored and surveyed the state of Pitcairn’s marine and terrestrial areas and will propose recommendations to the Pitcairn community for the conservation of their resources.
National Geographic, Oceana, and the Chilean Navy traveled to the remote Salas y Gómez Island, east of Easter Island, Chile, where they surveyed these largely unexplored waters.
In September 2009, Enric Sala, Sylvia Earle, and a team of scientists gathered in Costa Rica to document the pristine waters of Cocos Island and study the Gemelas Seamounts.
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Video: NG Live! Pitcairn Islands
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala dives deep into the waters of one of the most pristine places on Earth—the Pitcairn Islands—only to discover its delicate ecosystem is not as unspoiled as it may seem.
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