Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Governments buying Islands

Update: Governments and Conservancies Acquiring Private Islands Worldwide

Following up on his recent letter about the future of the private island market, Farhad Vladi has provided Private Island News with a comprehensive list of private islands which have made their way into public hands.

Goat Island - Photo Courtesy of Mahone Islands Conservation Association

Goat Island – Photo Courtesy of Mahone Islands Conservation Association

Hundreds of islands have been taken over by nature trusts, nature conservancy groups and governments in part of a trend which has taken hold all over the world. Just a matter of weeks ago, Private Island News reported on the provincial government of Nova Scotia’s decision to buy 100 islands along Canada’s Atlantic Coast. The decision has already been heralded as a turning point in the private island market by island broker Farhad Vladi (Vladi Private Islands).

Whilst the reasons for this developing trend are manifold, the main factor is without a doubt the slower market conditions, which, thanks to a high market saturation, have driven prices down. With islands now an affordable option for governments and conservancy organizations, island brokers such as Vladi Private Islands are seeing an unprecedented level of interest from the public domain.

The Hamburg-based island brokers have been keeping a close eye on the developing trend for a number of years now, and have provided Private Island News with an overview of the most important island takeovers in the form of this handy list of the private islands which have made their way into public hands after intervention from governments and conservancy groups

For journalists who require a more detailed copy of the list (including source material, imagery and more background information) about the individual islands in question, please drop a line to info@vladi.de.

 

Private Islands Bought by Governments, States, Provinces and Nature Conservancies

 

 
           
Name Acquired Country Region Size Price
Goat Island 2015 Canada Nova Scotia 4+ acres Donated
Middelgrundsfortet 2015 Denmark Copenhagen 17.3 acres 16.4 M Kroner
Squid Island 2015 Canada Nova Scotia 12 acres CAD 180,000+
100 Wild Islands 2014 Canada Nova Scotia 46,000 acres Ongoing
Clapboard Island (north-east lot) 2014 USA Maine 17 acres US$ 1.6m
Copper Beach Farm & Island 2014 USA Connecticut 50 acres US$ 120m
Fasaneninsel 2014 Germany Schleswig Holstein 4.94 acres Ongoing
Goat Island 2014 USA Maine Donated
Gosling Island & Irony Island 2014 USA Maine 17 acres US$ 925,000
Grace Islet 2014 Canada British Columbia Ongoing
High Island 2014 USA Maine 22 acres Ongoing
Hook Island 2014 UK England 19.4 acres £47,500
Isola Budelli 2014 Italy Sardina 420 acres €2.94m
Isola Poveglia 2014 Italy Venice 17 acres N/A
Mahoney Island 2014 USA Maine 6 acres
Spectacle Island 2014 USA Maine 5 acres Ongoing
St. Martin Island 2014 USA Michigan 36 acres Unknown
Stony Island + Celeron Island 2014 USA Michigan 100 + 81 acres Ongoing
Bella Island 2013 Canada Nova Scotia 24 acres CA$ 800,000
Borgles Island 2013 Canada Nova Scotia 528 acres CA$ 1.1m
Boyles Island 2013 USA Georgia 6,000 acres US$ 5m
Fuller Island 2013 USA Florida 3 acres Donated
Fuller Island 2013 USA Florida 2 / 3 acres Donated
Gargantua Island Group (20) 2013 Canada Ontario 128 acres Donated
Harbor Island 2013 USA Maine 25 acres US$ 2.35m
Lanes Island 2013 USA Maine 45 acres Donated
Limehouse Point 2013 USA South Carolina 12 acres Donated
Lower Goose Island 2013 USA Maine 44 acres Donated
McGowan Lake Islands (13) 2013 Canada Nova Scotia 66 acres CA$ 222,000
Rattlesnake Island 2013 Canada Ontario 10 acres Donation
St. Martin Island 2013 USA Michigan 1,243.56 acres US$ 1.5 m
Bowman Island 2012 Canada Ontario 40 acres
Cockburn Island 2012 Canada Ontario 42,007 acres CA$ 15.2m
Coon Island 2012 USA Mississipi 170 acres Donated
D’Arros Island 2012 Seychelles Seychelles 371 acres US$ 50-94m
Discovery Islands (6) 2012 UAE Persian Gulf Undisclosed
Little McCoy Island 2012 Canada Ontario 35 acres
MacCullum Reserve 2012 Canada Ontario 20 acres
Murray Harbour Islands (2) 2012 Canada P.E.I. 115 acres CA$ 225m
Musquodoboit Harbour Islands 2012 Canada Nova Scotia 39 acres Donated
Puangiangi Island 2012 NZ Marlborough 150 acres NZ$ 1m
Railroad Island 2012 USA Oregon 63 acres Undisclosed
Scalpay Island 2012 UK Scotland 6,000 acres Donation
Senkaku Islands 2012 Japan East China Sea Y 2.05 billion
St. David’s Island 2012 Canada Ontario 13.4 acres
Sugar Island 2012 USA Michigan 30 acres US$ 434,100
Troop Island 2012 Canada Nova Scotia 27 acres CA$ 820,000
Turner Island 2012 Canada Ontario 16 acres N/A
Walker Island 2012 USA Alabama 6 acres US$ 162,446
Hamilton Island 2011 Canada Ontario 3.2 acres
Kenerick Reserve 2011 Canada Ontario 1.1 acres
Ingersoll Island 2011 Canada Ontario 50 acres Donation
Little Gooseberry Island 2011 Canada Nova Scotia 27 acres N/A
Pontiac Islands Reserve 2011 Canada Ontario 12.5 acres Donation
Rogers Island Reserve 2011 Canada Ontario 1 acre
Russel Reserve Port Severn 2011 Canada Ontario 3.5 acres
Timber Island + 97 acre lot 2011 USA Maine 97 acres US $5.125m
West Ironbound Island 2011 Canada Nova Scotia 150 acres CA$ 387,500
Goose Point Island 2010 Canada Nova Scotia 135.9 acres CA$ 87,762
Vendovi Island 2010 USA Washington 217 acres $6.4m
Bayer’s Island 2009 Canada Nova Scotia 79 acres
George Dog 2009 BVI Tortola 15 acres
Dattels Island Lot 2009 Canada Ontario 4.5 acres
Rotoroa Island 2009 NZ Auckland 200 acres N/A
Giant’s Tomb Island Lot 2008 Canada Ontario 16 acres
Hare Island 2008 Canada Ontario 4.5 acres Donated
Long, Dry, Centre & Snipe Island 2008 Canada Nova Scotia 40 acres Donated
Mason’s Island 2008 Canada Nova Scotia 8 acres CA$ 106,000
McLaughlin Islands 2008 Canada Ontario 2.3 acres
Alexander Islands 2008 Canada Ontario 46 acres Donated
Fairies Dancing Reserve (Lot) 2008 Canada Ontario 37 acres
Hotham Island Lot 2008 Canada Ontario 37 acres
Sandy Island 2008 Canada Ontario 425 acres
Charron Island 2007 Canada Quebec 50 acres
Fota Island 2007 Ireland Cork 780 acres Undisclosed
Great Blasket Island 2007 Ireland Kerry 1,100 acres Undisclosed
Gull and Gilead Islands 2007 Canada Ontario 6 acres
Paradise Island 2007 Canada Ontario 60 acres CA$ 320,000
Sandy Cay 2007 BVI BVI 14 acres Donated
Wabeno Point  (on Burnt Island) 2007 Canada Ontario 11.24 acre
Backman Island 2006 Canada Nova Scotia 49 acres CA$ 950,000
Covey Islands 2006 Canada Nova Scotia 115 acres CA$ 1.1m
Manitou Dock Island 2006 Canada Ontario 0.5 acres
Skokholm 2006 UK Wales 265 acres £900,000
West Lookout Island Reserve 2005 Canada Ontario 31 acres
Kaikoura Island 2004 NZ Auckland 1393.96 acres >NZ$ 10m
Robinson Island 2004 USA Alabama 13 acres US$ 4.3m
Andrews Island 2003 Canada Nova Scotia 20 acres
Green Cay + Sandy Spit 2003 BVI BVI 14.5 acres Undisclosed
Sheep Island 2003 Canada Nova Scotia 7 acres CA$ 375,000
Gigha Island 2002 UK Scotland 3447 acres £4m
Whaleboat Island 2002 USA Maine 122 acres US$ 77,000
South-East Wooded Pine 2001 Canada Ontario 7 acres
Gunner Island 2001 Canada Nova Scotia
Robin’s Island 2001 USA NY 435 acres N/A
The Lizard 2001 Canada Ontario 2.8 acres
Thomson Reserve 2001 Canada Ontario 11 acres
Francis Nose Island 2000 Canada Nova Scotia 450  acres
Palmyra Atoll 2000 USA Hawaii 9142.8 acres US$ 30m
Treshnish Isles (5) 2000 UK Scotland 320 acres £250,000
Klein Bonaire 1999 Antilles Antilles 1,500 acres $5 M
Middle Island 1999 Canada Ontario 44,4 acres CA$ 1.3m
Tupai Atoll 1998 French Pol. Society Is. 2718 acres US$ 8m
Eigg Island 1997 UK Scotland 7534 acres £1.75m
Umbrella Island 1997 Canada Ontario 9.5 acres
Great Thatch Cay 1997 BVI BVI 300 acres Undisclosed
Santa Cruz Island 1996 USA California 61,776 acres
Lihou Island 1995 UK Jersey 38.5 acres Undisclosed
Friend Island 1992 Canada Ontario 3.6 acres Donation
Inner Sambro Island 1990 Canada Nova Scotia 49.6 acres
Kapiti Island 1987 NZ Wellington 4855.6 acres
Staffa Island 1986 UK Scotland 81.5 acres Donation
Canna Island 1981 UK Scotland 2792 acres Donation
Charles Island 1981 USA Connecticut 14 acres
Iona Island 1980 UK Scotland 2167 acres
Cabbage Island 1977 Canada BC 11 acres
Anticosti Island 1974 Canada Quebec 1950153 $23.78m
Strong Island 1974 USA Massachussets
Île de Poquerolles 1971 France Côte d’Azur 3098.6 acres
Lundy Island 1969 UK England 1,100 acres Donation
Mangere Island 1966 NZ Chatham Is. 279 acres
Brownsea Island 1962 UK England 494.2 acres Donation
Eel Bed Island 1961 Canada Nova Scotia
Indian Island 1961 Canada Nova Scotia
St. Kilda Island 1957 UK Scotland 2110 acres
Fair Isle 1954 UK Scotland 3360 acres
Garinish Island 1953 Ireland County Cork 37 acres Donation
Great Gull Island 1949 USA NY 17 acres
Lindesfarne Castle, Holy Island 1944 UK England
Water Island 1944 USVI USVI 491.5 acres $10,000
Little Barrier Island 1895 NZ Auckland 6961 acres
Spike Island 1779 Ireland Cork 103 acres
Ben Ure Island USA Washington
Great and Selig Islands Canada Nova Scotia 296.5 acres
Hog Island Canada P.E.I.
Little Water Key Belize 10 acres
Plum Island USA NY 840 acres
Psyche Island Canada Nova Scotia 100 acres
Puffin Island Ireland Kerry 69 acres
Stoney Island Canada Nova Scotia 64.3 acres

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