Sumary of Cut off for nine months, Pacific atoll conservationists emerge to Covid pandemic:
- In February, just as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold, four people set sail for one of the most remote places on Earth — a small camp on Kure Atoll, at the edge of the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands..
- There, more than 2,200km from Honolulu, they lived in isolation for nearly nine months while working to restore the island environment..
- New Zealand to send team to investigate Cook Islands travel bubble They learned about the pandemic amid their own isolation, but have not experienced any of the seismic upheaval the Covid-19 virus has wrought around the world..
- The group was part of an effort by the state of Hawaii to maintain the fragile island ecosystem on Kure, which is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the nation largest contiguous protected environment..
- From left, Charlie Thomas, left, Matt Butschek II, Matt Saunter, and Naomi Worcester, on Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, one of the most remote places on earth….