LONELY PITCAIRN LONGS FOR TOURISM

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Whale watching among early attractions

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, August 4, 2009) – The smallest territory in the Pacific is thinking about eco-tourism.

Six whales have been spouting off tiny Pitcairn Island in recent weeks, coinciding with island governor George Fergusson signing on to a whale and dolphin protection convention in Auckland, New Zealand.

Signing of the memorandum of understanding to the Convention of Migratory Species was approved unanimously by the council of the 50-inhabitant British territory.

Lucy Foster, the governor's representative, says while tourism development is a long way off, it is hoped eco-tourism, including whale watching, might provide much-needed income for Pitcairners.

It depends on a regular shipping service being arranged, and right now negotiations are under way to get the islanders better transport.

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