National Parks: Seas and Oceans

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th September 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Fisheries, Flooding and Water)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Foreign Office on (a) the experience of creating marine protected areas around British Overseas Territories and (b) lessons that could be used in creating UK national marine parks.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

My Department has regular contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office concerning the establishment of marine protected areas under the United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories Blue Belt Programme, including the interaction with the Marine Conservation Zones around the UK itself.

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