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How technology is assisting Tristan da Cunha to monitor compliance in its Areas to Be Avoided

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In November 2020, Tristan da Cunha made international news when it designated 687,000 square kilometres of its waters as a fully protected Marine Protection Zone (MPZ) - the largest in the Atlantic. This follows-on from an important earlier announcement - …

Blue Belt UKOTs benefit from roundtable on MPA management effectiveness

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In March this year, members of the Blue Belt team hosted a roundtable discussion on Protected Area Management Effectiveness (PAME). PAME is a tool to assess how well protected areas – including Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – are being managed …

Tackling illegal fishing in the UK Overseas Territories

Andy Deary (Blue Belt, MMO) on patrol

Andy Deary, Head of Compliance and Enforcement for the UK Government’s Blue Belt Programme discusses the challenges of effectively monitoring large scale Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) in remote areas like the UK Overseas Territories.