Tristan da Cunha’s conservation victory: a Marine Protection Zone almost three times the size of the UK


The RSPB and partners met in Westminster to celebrate Tristan da Cuhna’s conservation success and its hopeful future.

As the world’s most remote inhabited island, Tristan da Cunha is home to a vast array of wonderful and unique wildlife, such as critically endangered albatrosses, rockhopper penguins, blue sharks, and beaked whales.

For twenty years, we have worked closely with Tristan’s government and its small but mighty community, to safeguard the island’s pristine waters and the many species that depend upon them.

Thanks to your support, in 2021, we backed a successful community-led campaign which designated an area almost three times the size of the UK as the Marine Protection Zone (MPZ). This momentous action makes Tristan’s waters the largest no-take area in the Atlantic.

This May, we invited seventy guests to Westminster, including members of the Tristan community, to celebrate the successful introduction of these measures. For many, it was the first opportunity to meet in person and acknowledge the brilliant outcomes from the two-decade-long partnership.

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Beccy Speight, RSPB Chief Executive, praised the efforts of all those involved, saying “it has been a privilege for the RSPB and its team to support this project over the last twenty years. Our staff have felt honoured to be part of the Tristan family.”

The accomplishments of Tristan da Cunha and its partners are hugely positive and encouraging and will begin to reverse some of the impacts of unregulated fishing activities, plastic pollution, and non-native species.

Together, we will continue to work towards a strong and sustainable future for Tristan da Cunha through initiatives like the Atlantic Guardians project, which will aid Tristan’s community in the long-term management of these waters.