British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 31st January 2018.

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Photo of Tonia Antoniazzi Tonia Antoniazzi Labour, Gower

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of the UK Overseas Territories on creating fully enforced Marine Protected Areas in their waters.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The Government's Blue Belt commitment is ensuring that large scale Marine Protected Areas which have been designated, or are being developed, around the UK Overseas Territories (OTs) are effectively managed, monitored and enforced. We are working with the OTs Governments to implement effective monitoring and cost efficient enforcement strategies to ensure long-term protection against illegal activities. This issue was last discussed at the November Joint Ministerial Council.

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