LONDON (AP)-Tristan da Cunha, an island with 245 permanent residents, has created a marine reserve in the South Atlantic to protect wildlife. Its area is the United Kingdom Tripled.
The British Overseas Territory government, which claims to be the most remote inhabited island on the planet, said on Friday that it would ban fishing and other “attractive activities” on an area of 627,247 square kilometers (242,181 square miles).
The territory said that the shelter will be the largest “forbidden zone” in the Atlantic Ocean and the fourth largest forbidden zone anywhere in the world. The government said the name will help protect millions of seabirds, including yellow-nosed albatross and phoenix penguins, as well as whales, sharks and seals.
The protected area will become part of the British Blue Ribbon Program, which will provide 27 million pounds (35.5 million U.S. dollars) to promote marine protection in the country̵
“Our life in Tristan da Cunha has always been based on our relationship with the ocean and continues to this day,” said James Glass, the chief islander of the region, in a report. The statement said. “This is why we fully protect 90% of our water, and we are proud to play a key role in maintaining the health of the ocean.”
The territory includes four main islands, the largest of which is Tristan da Cunha (Tristan da Cunha), located 2,810 kilometers (approximately 1,750 miles) west of Cape Town, South Africa. It was discovered by the Dutch in 1643.
The British occupied Tristan da Cunha in 1816 and established the first permanent settlement in the territory. After a volcanic eruption in 1961, the island was evacuated, but the islanders returned in 1963.