UK Overseas Territory MPAs Scale-up Marine Protection

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Grand coquillage clown fish in the Banhos Lagoon, Chagos Archipelago. Credit: Anne Sheppard

Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan will today announce plans to double the area of ocean under marine protection around the UK Overseas Territories to around four million square kilometres – greater than the landmass of India.

This will involve the permanent closure of an additional one million square kilometres of ocean to commercial fishing, to preserve important marine life.

The UK will pledge £20 million over the next four years to support the implementation, management, surveillance and crucially the enforcement of these new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

  • To read the full press release click here.
  • To read Minister Duncan’s Our Oceans Conference speech click here.