David Shaw reports on a journey to Palmyra Atoll; a spectacular wilderness paradise
by David E Shaw
In May 2017, I traveled to remote Palmyra Atoll to explore one of the world’s most extraordinary natural wilderness areas.
Located more than 1000 miles south of Honolulu in the Pacific Ocean, this equatorial territory of the United States is a remarkable and inspiring example of a thriving and pristine wildlife ecosystem that has recovered dramatically from the impact of military occupation during World War Two.
Congratulations to The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their successful efforts to restore and protect this magical place. Watch my short film about our journey to Palmyra Atoll.
David Shaw has served as a Trustee of the US National Park Foundation, Treasurer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, chair of the Sargasso Sea Alliance, Senior Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a National Fellow of The Explorers Club and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received the Making Waves award at the 2016 Blue Ocean Festival and, with the Sargasso Sea Alliance board, was named International SeaKeeper of the year in 2013.