The collapse of a deep-sea mining project in Papua New Guinea is propelling a regional conversation about a 10-year moratorium on mining, proposed at the Pacific Islands Forum last month.
Cook Islands Government and the European Union are conducting a review of the purse seining fisheries agreement, due to be renewed this year.
Last month Te Ipukarea Society hosted a two-day Sea and Earth Advocate (SEA) Camp focused on inspiring more young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Hundreds of locals, tourists and even visiting footballers joined together to Clean Up the Cook Islands yesterday.
Some companies and government agencies gave their staff time of work to help with the clean-up.
Environment Service senior officer Moana Tetauru said if past years were an indicator, the clean-up could have gathered up as much as five tonnes of garbage.
Cook Islands’ renowned whale expert Nan Hauser is calling for greater awareness around whale protection in the hope of developing legal protections.