All parties wishing to enter the Phoenix Islands Protected Area need a permit. This includes private sailing vessels. Note that landing on any of PIPA’s islands without a special permit is prohibited, as is extraction of resources of any kind within 12 nautical miles of all islands.
Permit applications MUST be submitted for consideration at least two months prior to intended entry into the MPA.
Please download the permit application and submit by e-mail or fax to:
Director, Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Fax: +686 28334 or +686 29762
All of the offences in the Environment Act 1999 continue to apply in relation to the PIPA. In addition, the following offences apply within the PIPA.
1. Contravention of conditions of a PIPA Environment Permit If –(a) a person is the holder of a PIPA Environment Permit; andLiability: fine of up to $100,000AUD or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.
(b) a condition of that permit is contravened, the person commits an offence.
2. Carrying out activities that require a PIPA Environment Permit. The PIPA Management Plan specifies activities that require a PIPA Environment Permit within the PIPA. A person who:(a) carries out; orLiability: fine of up to $100,000AUD or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.
(b) is responsible for, directs, causes or allows the carrying out of, an activity requiring a PIPA Environment Permit, without a PIPA Environment Permit, commits an offence.
It is important to note that the Environment (Amendment) Act 2007 (Appendix 3) gives special recognition and protection to listed World Heritage sites with a fine provision of up to $100,000 AUD and a maximum of 5 years in prison for an offence relating to a listed Kiribati World Heritage site.