Clipperton is a French island of 9 km² in the North Pacific Ocean, in the heart of one of the richest fishing regions in the world. The waters of Clipperton are also home to a precious biodiversity potential, which we have to protect. As part of the ongoing discussions on the fishing agreement between France and Mexico, Ségolène Royal proposes that fishing should no longer be authorised within a radius of 12 nautical miles from the coast.
Clipperton Island is an uninhabited coral atoll in the eastern Pacific, west of Costa Rica. In 2012 the IUCN reported that 12% of marine species in the tropical eastern Pacific are threatened, and therefore the creation of a marine protected area around Clipperton Island should be a high priority. This is because Clipperton Island “has one of the highest proportions of threatened species in the tropical eastern Pacific, and is the only one of the five oceanic islands and archipelagos in the region that lacks complete governmental protection.” In addition to the high concentration of threatened species on and around the island, large amounts of marine debris (plastics and other refuse) are known to wash ashore.