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26.02.2014 / Expedition Logbook

Pristine Seas Expeditions | New Caledonia

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Last year the governments of New Caledonia and Australia announced their commitment to create a large marine park in the Coral Sea extending across the maritime boundary between these two countries. However, a large portion of the Coral Sea in New Caledonia (in particular the remote Chesterfield Banks on the western region) has barely been explored.

In November 2013, National Geographic partnered with Blancpain, the Waitt Institute and the Institute de Recherche pour le Developement (IRD) of New Caledonia to explore, survey, and film these remote reefs through a Pristine Seas expedition. The team traveled to the Chesterfield and the Entrecasteaux Reefs on the north, as well as to Petri and Astrolabe in the east.

The main objectives of this Pristine Seas expedition were to fill gaps in scientific data on this area and to produce a documentary film. Relive the expedition in the National Geographic Explorers Journal blog: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/tag/pristine-seas-new-caledonia/