Further call to exclude cruise ships from New Caledonia reserve

New Caledonia's biggest political party says the government should ban cruise ships from the marine reserve of the uninhabited Chesterfield islands.

Last year, the company Ponant applied to enter the archipelago once a year with a ship carrying 180 passengers.

Environmental groups object to opening the area, which is about 500 kilometres off the main island in the Coral Sea.

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