Cabinet reaffirms the Phoenix Islands Protected Area will be closed to commercial fishing by 2015!
It is official! At a meeting on January 29, 2014 Cabinet reaffirmed its earlier decision to close off PIPA and approved 31 December 2014 as the effective date for full closure. Translation: on January 1, 2015 the Phoenix Islands Protected Area will be closed to all commercial fishing! This adds 393 THOUSAND SQUARE KILOMETERS of NO TAKE ZONE to the Pacific Ocean- well done Kiribati!