In April 2018, Parks Australia and James Cook University scientists began a three year program to monitor the health of some of Australia’s remotest and most pristine coral reefs in the Coral Sea Marine Park.
A new five-year action plan for the Entrecasteaux Atolls, linked to the 2018-2022 natural park of the Coral sea management plan, replaces the existing management plan which concluded at the end of 2018.
The natural park of the Coral Sea now has 28,000 square kilometres (10,810 square miles) of reserves. Three decrees adopted Tuesday, august 14 by the government of New Caledonia define very precisely the outlines.
As every year, and since 2007, a team from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Environment (SPE) of the Direction of Maritime Affairs go to the Entrecasteaux atolls, located in the far north of Caledonia to perform a turtles tracking.
From February 24 to March 15, Francesca Benzoni, a marine biologist at the IRD, led a mission of scientists, around Grande-Terre but also in the natural park on the north-western reef of Entrecasteaux, a World Heritage Site Of Unesco.
A study on the cultural dimension of the Coral Sea Natural Park was carried out at the request of the customary members of its management committee. The first results were presented on October 11 in Koné, then on the 17th in Noumea.