The Blue Belt programme supports delivery of the UK government’s commitment to provide long term protection for the marine environment. The Blue Belt programme supports delivery of the UK government’s manifesto commitment to provide long term protection of over four million square kilometres of marine environment across the UK Overseas Territories. It provides £20 million of […]

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When new management measures are applied to fishing in designated areas, fishing activity that previously happened in that area may stop completely, change type or move (be displaced) to other areas. These changes may result in alternative fishing/environmental interactions that regulators now need to consider. Recognising this, Natural England established the Fisheries Displacement Project Steering […]

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JNCC News on MPAs – Hannah Carr  10 years of UK Offshore Marine Protected Areas: Protecting our diverse and vibrant seas for future generations Our seas have a brilliant variety of marine life and habitats, many of which are rare and nationally important. Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has been working for more than 10 […]

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MCZs Mary Creagh, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), said: “The Government has not adequately responded to our concerns around Marine Protected Areas. Specifically, it has failed to outline a plan which addresses the delays in completing the Marine Conservation Zone network, continued to exclude reference areas from these Marine Conservation Zones, and taken […]

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