Marine Conservation Zones

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to designate a marine blue belt around the Overseas Territories to protect marine habitats.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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.

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