In today's blog we’re celebrating the three-year anniversary of the Tristan da Cunha Marine Protection Zone, the largest no-take zone in the Atlantic Ocean. In this blog Janine Lavarello, Marine Protection Zone Officer, Tristan da Cunha Government reports on what the world’s most remote island community have been doing over those three years to safeguard their marine environment.  

In 2020, the community of Tristan da Cunha, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, made the bold decision to protect 91% of their waters as a no-take Marine Protection Zone, protecting millions of seabirds including albatross and penguins and a wealth of marine life that use their waters. 

Two Rockhopper Penguins on a rocky slope with the ocean in the background.

Northern Rockhopper Penguins, Tristan da Cunha © Trevor Glass.

Later that year, the Tristan community with support from the RSPB, Blue Nature Alliance and the Tristan da Cunha Government established the Atlantic Guardians project to build a strong and sustainable future for the Marine Protection Zone through community engagement, knowledge exchange, science, and global outreach.

Watch the video to find out more about Atlantic Guardians and the achievements so far: