Office Hour on Current and Future Management of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (Kiribati), with Betarim Rimon

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 4 pm EST / 1 pm PST / 9 pm GMT (February 28, 9 am Kiribati time)

Live ‘Office Hour’ Chat about current and future management of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, with Betarim Rimon, Information Officer for PIPA. Mr. Rimon will represent, and will relate guidance provided by, PIPA expert personnel including Mr. Tukabu Teroroko, Director of the PIPA Implementation Office, and Dr. Teuea Toatu, Executive Director of the PIPA Conservation Trust.

The 408,250-km2 Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world ( Designated in 2006 and added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010, PIPA includes atolls, islands, submerged reefs, seamounts, and vast stretches of deep ocean. The main challenges facing PIPA are surveillance of its remote areas and securing adequate funding to sustain management. Publications on PIPA’s biosecurity guidelines and management plan are at

Mr. Rimon will answer questions on current and future management of the site, including:

  • Threats to the site;
  • How much of PIPA is presently off-limits to fishing;
  • How the PIPA endowment is being developed;
  • PIPA’s plans to develop Kanton Island (within the MPA boundaries) as a self-sufficient harbor;
  • The impacts of climate change; and more.

More about the Office Hour: This office hour is a live online "chat" conducted by typing and reading text - there is no audio component. Our office hour chats provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions to our guests; audience members may also share their own experiences and insights with the guests and other participants. In other words there is multi-directional flow of information. All participants are able (and encouraged) to post, and all participants are able to view all posts (i.e., nothing is confidential). Inappropriate or off-topic content will be controlled. You do not need to be logged into the OpenChannels site to participate in the chat, but you are encouraged to create a user account and log in so you do not need to type your name in every post.

The chat is now closed for all future comments.


Welcome to our new Office Hour with Betarim Rimon on the Current and Future Management of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati. Betarim will be joining us in about 20 minutes. If you have a question you would like to ask Betarim, you may post it now.

I understand that tuna fishing is still allowed in PIPA. Can you confirm the extent to which this is allowed?

Hello. Does the management plan, which says that 3% of PIPA is closed now and another 25% will be no-take if the trust fund reaches $13.5 million, still stand? And does Kiribati plan on it reaching $50 million before closing the entire EEZ to commercial fishing?

From Betarim: You have copies of our plans, and we are working on that very plan. [NOTE FROM MODERATORS: Plans for the PIPA can be found in the Technical Publications link at the top of this webpage in the Chat introduction.]

From Betarim: We are walking rightly on that plan with the help of our international partners..the Conservation International and New England Aquarium and also with the financial help of the GEF-UNEP

Hi everyone! Due to limited internet connection bandwidth in Kiribati, we're going to relay all of Betarim's responses through Sarah Carr. Whenever you see Sarah, think of Betarim. We'll be sending all of the comments that come in to the Office Hour to Betarim through email.

Welcome from Betarim: Warm greetings from Kiribati and PIPA and I am looking forward to hearing your comments, questions and even looking forward to receiving your contributions. Mauri is our word for greetings meaning Good Health

Are you pleased with the progress of the PIPA endowment so far? What are the main challenges the endowment faces?

From Betarim: on the PIPA endowment progress, so far, we are progressing well with the pledges already received from the Conservation International an the Kiribati Government totalling to US$5million...this is a good amount to begin with