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In the Eastern Pacific ocean, scientists study the Cook Islands Marine Park. Kevin Iro talks about conservation efforts. He lobbied for the marine park, eventually catching the attention of Prime Minister Henry Puna.
The creators of the marine park must decide what areas will be designated for tourism, fishing, mining, and other industries. Darryl Thorburn discusses deep sea nodules that have been exploited for technological advances. Iro uses geographic information systems to help sort through the groups interested in the marine park.
Iro and his team consult with the community and traditional leaders to understand what the people want to see happen with the marine park. The research ship "Golden Shadow" will carry Iro to each island.
While Iro and his team survey the people of Palmerston, scientists on the ship collect data and map uncharted coral reefs. The mapping system records what is on the sea beds and its depth at each precise location. Jeremy Kerr describes the custom satellite images used to outline the map.
Iro meets with the Islanders of Palmerston for a final time to give them a comprehensive presentation about plans for the Cook Islands Marine Park. Several locals share concerns about the size of the park and their support for conservation.
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The people of the Cook Islands have created one of the world’s largest marine parks, and now they’re working together to figure out what that means to a bevy of conflicting interests, from fishermen to miners. The scientists aboard the “Golden Shadow” lend their expertise, exploring reefs at a far-flung island and helping the residents map their resources.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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