Le parc naturel de la mer de Corail (Natural Park of the Coral Sea)
Established: April 2014
Location: 2,000 miles east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean
Size: 1.3 million km2 or 501,933 mi2
The natural park of the Coral Sea is a marine protected area (MPA) spanning 1.3 million square kilometers (501,933 square miles), one of the largest protected area on the planet. There are more than 2,000 species of fish, 310 species of corals, more than a third of the world's virgin reefs (or pristine coral reefs) and more than 149 seamounts.
Park governance is ensured by a Management Committee, which develops and proposes the management plan, advises on its implementation, its evaluation, as well as on any other subject related to the sustainable management of the Park. Included the State, the Government of New Caledonia, customary authorities, environmental NGOs, and tourism and offshore professionals. A scientific committee, responsible for informing the Management Committee in its work, has also been set up.