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Author Topic: Pitcairn and Ducie in New Protected Marine Sanctuary?  (Read 3815 times)
KY6R
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« on: December 20, 2012, 04:14:55 AM »

I have no idea what this will mean for amateur radio access to Pitcairn and Ducie, but here is a very interesting story:

http://www.pewenvironment.org/campaigns/global-ocean-legacy-pitcairn/id/85899364751

I think the UK Overseas designation is similar to President Bush adding several US Pacific Island "posessions" to the US Marine Monument.

Check this map out:

http://www.pewenvironment.org/uploadedImages/PEG/Newsroom/Media_Coverage/gol-map-2550-RC.jpg

Now check out both the Cordell Expeditions Clipperton Island DX-pedition:

http://www.cordell.org/CI/

and Heard Island:

http://www.heardisland.org/

And of course - the recent ZL9HR Campbell Island DX-pedition.

The trend and opportunity to continue to activate entities in protected zones and "monuments" will be to team up with the ecological concerns and governments who protect these. The three DX-peditions listed above are prime examples of how this is done.

The article lists other islands like South Sandwich which I have great interest in - since I need it for an ATNO -  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 04:20:32 AM »

Pitcairn is an inhabited island with some local hams, so activity shall continure. However Ducie may become inaccessible to DX-peditions.
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 05:05:00 AM »

Pitcairn has a long established, permanent resident population so I would expect little impact to ham radio activities there.
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 05:15:35 AM »

Pitcairn has a long established, permanent resident population so I would expect little impact to ham radio activities there.

Check out all of the entities that the group wants to put under a "No Take" status. Many more listed in the text of the article than even what are on that map.

I don't know exactly what the "No Take" phrase means, but this document seems to imply its mostly fishing:

http://wiomsa.org/mpatoolkit/Themesheets/I1_No_take_areas.pdf

And I do understand the reason for trying to prevent over fishing . . . .
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