Pitcairn: sea going drones to patrol marine reserve

Pitcairn: sea going drones to patrol marine reserve

Vast Pitcairn Islands marine reserve is now being monitored by solar-powered Wave Glider drones. The government is to use solar- and wave-powered ocean-going drones to help patrol the world’s largest marine reserve.

The reserve, established around the Pitcairn Islands and covering more than 834,000 square miles, was established in March 2015 in order to protect fish, marine mammal and bird life unique to the region, as well as well-developed coral reef.

The system is the latest application for drones, which are currently being rolled out in areas including deliveries, surveillance, industrial inspections and the provision of internet access.

The drones (called Wave Gliders) consist of a floating module, which bears sensors and other instruments, and a submersible module, with the action of waves upon the two components helping generate power.

They are equipped with a camera allowing them to record images of suspicious vessels and are capable of interacting with satellites.
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Director of Overseas Territories Visits Pitcairn

Director of Overseas Territories Visits Pitcairn

Thursday 28th May brought the arrival of the first rotation of the Claymore II carrying tourists, visitors, returning resident and Government officials including Peter Hayes, Director of the Overseas Territories at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Pitcairn put on a public dinner on the evening of his arrival where most of the community attended and Mayor Christian welcomed Dr Hayes along with Evan Dunn from the Pitcairn Islands Office in Auckland, visitors and returning residents to the evening. The community shared some of Pitcairn’s cultural heritage by singing some traditional songs after a delicious meal, which brought a moving and tearful touch to close an enjoyable evening.

At the public meeting held on 31st May, Dr Hayes expressed his pleasure at having been able to visit the island first hand saying; “there is no substitute for being able to meet and talk with people, and getting a sense of how the place feels.” Noting that it is important to remember Pitcairn’s situation and it is not only about numbers and money, he very much enjoyed the opportunity to engage with everyone and experience the extraordinary and beautiful island.

He went on to say Pitcairn continues to be faced with very real challenges but he is very much encouraged by the more cooperative spirit displayed by Council and the community. He is very pleased to see this phase of working together and encouraged this to continue. He commended the Council’s development of it recent Mission Statement stressing that it is important for Pitcairn to be for all Pitcairners. “This is the time we have to all work together, to use our time and effort effectively so as to come together as a community and as partners,” said Peter.

Dr Hayes stated that access continues to be one of the island’s greatest challenges; for both sustainable tourism, and the community’s social and medical needs. He is committed to exploring more frequent voyages and more cost effective fares for residence, visitors and officials. (Taken from official minutes of the meeting)

Dr Hayes is married with two children and came to the office with a wealth of knowledge and experience as he transitioned from his PhD in nuclear physics, acting head of the FCO’s Counter Proliferation and arms export policy department, and spending a year on secondment as head of public affairs at the London stock exchange.

Shifting to the public service, his most recent diplomatic assignment was as high commissioner to Sri Lanka and non-resident high commissioner to the Maldives from January 2008 until November 2010. He held a number of positions including principal private secretary to former UK foreign secretaries Jack Straw, Margaret Beckett and David Miliband. Dr Hayes also served as counselor in the British Embassy in Washington DC covering energy, environment, science, and climate change, and HM consul general in Washington DC.

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VE Day 70th Anniversary in Pitcairn

VE Day 70th Anniversary in Pitcairn

by Leslie Jaques
On Friday May 8 Pitcairn Island celebrated the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War 2 in Europe. Along with other Overseas Territories and Countries, Pitcairn was part of a worldwide chain of beacons lit to mark the end of hostilities. On a clear, cloudless and warm evening, a large community group gathered at Ships Landing Point for the short ceremony at 9.30pm the appointed time. Mayor Shawn Christian gave a short address and the beacon was lit. It would burn for three days.
At the end of the short proceedings the community gave a soulful and beautiful rendition of Pitcairn’s hymn “In the sweet bye and bye” while we remembered times past and marveled at the incredible sight of the stars.

Visiting photographer Rhiannon Adams took stunning photographs of the beacon itself, of the Milky Way and a shot of Adamstown by night. They give a sense of the occasion and the beauty of our night sky.

Great story of Rhiannon Adams’s visit to Pitcairn, with many beautiful photographs at her blog

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Pitcairn Alternative Harbor Project

Pitcairn Alternative Harbor Project

(Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands) Photo and text by Andrew Christian

It’s Friday, the end of the working week on Pitcairn, after several days off due to rain, all workers gathered at the new Harbour this morning to box and pour another 12 meter section of the sea wall. The news 6 meter steel shutters we made the other week came off the wall we poured last Friday and revealed a nice smooth wall, we shifted the 2 sections along and bolted them in place. Took a total of 7 truck loads, (14 cubic meters) of concrete to fill.

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