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.
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- New Caledonia Expedition: An Army of Giant Parrotfish
- New Caledonia Expedition: A Treasure Trove of Stunning Sea Life
Pristine Sea Expeditions
Divers capture strange species and stunning colors in the first photos from our latest Pristine Seas expedition.
Franz Josef Land Expedition Leader Paul Rose shares the thrill as he arrives at the site of Fritdjof Nansen's winter shelter, a place he's dreamed of visiting since childhood.
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.
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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