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Marine Protected Areas – Showing their teeth in Overseas Territories

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On the International Day against Illegal Fishing, it’s good to be reminded about the challenges illegal fishing presents to the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) within the Blue Belt Programme and the measures that they take to reduce the risks to their marine environments.

Spotlight on: British Antarctic Territory


A guest blog from Tom Chance, Antarctic Policy Officer based in the Polar Regions Department at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Tom provides support for the British Antarctic Territory administration, as well as development of wider UK Antarctic policy.

Spotlight on: St Helena

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The James Clark Ross in St Helena during the 2018 BAS/Blue Belt Programme research cruise

This guest blog was written by Elizabeth Clingham – St Helena Blue Belt Manager, St Helena Government. Elizabeth is a St Helenian with considerable experience working in St Helena’s marine environment and fisheries sectors – she works closely with the Blue Belt Programme, the St Helena Government, and other stakeholders to help the protect St Helena’s marine environment.