The Government committed in its 2015 manifesto to, “designate a further protected area at Ascension Island, subject to the views of the local community.” The blue-belt of marine protection is a long term strategy for the conservation and protection of dynamic and important ecosystems across the Overseas Territories
. Marine Protected Areas
(MPAs), which could form part of the blue-belt of marine protection, are currently being considered around Pitcairn and Ascension Islands
. Further designations will be similarly considered on a case by case basis, dependent on local support and environmental need.