Seas and Oceans: British Overseas Territories

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th December 2016.

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Photo of Stephen Gethins Stephen Gethins Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect ocean habitats around Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The Ascension Island Government has agreed a scientific plan to determine the exact location of an evidence-based Marine Protected Area, covering at least 50% of its waters, by 2019. The Government of Tristan da Cunha is currently considering options to develop a regime to deliver marine protection across its entire Maritime Zone, which will be underpinned by science and will meet both local economic and community needs. Through implementation of its commitment to establish a Blue Belt around the UK’s Overseas Territories, the UK Government has committed £19.3m, over four years, to support the management, surveillance and enforcement across those Territories with very large-scale Marine Protected Areas or other large-scale marine protection regimes (including both Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha), and the enhancement of existing marine protection measures in all the Territories.

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