Jeff Smith

Standing up for south Manchester

Jeff joins campaign to create The Blue Belt


Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has joined growing calls to protect the world’s oceans through the creation of a Blue Belt.

The campaign for a Blue Belt is calling on the UK government and its Overseas Territories to create a series of large protected areas of ocean around 7 of the 14 British Overseas Territories.

The creation of the Blue Belt would involve establishing a 500,000 km² fully protected Marine Protected Area around the South Sandwich Islands in 2018, establishing a fully protected Marine Protected Area in at least 50% of Ascension Island’s waters in 2019, and supporting the establishment of a locally-led marine protection regime throughout the waters of Tristan da Cunha and St Helena.

Jeff said: “The UK and its overseas territories have a responsibility to protect the vast oceans surrounding our shores.

These oceans are home to a diverse range of marine life and important ecological processes. Indeed, they contain the world’s largest coral atoll as well as a quarter of the world’s penguins.

By creating a Blue Belt of protected oceans, the UK can lead the world on ocean preservation and ensure these important and fragile environments are protected for decades to come.

I call on the government to work with the Overseas Territories to take these crucial steps as quickly as possible.”

You can find out more about the campaign here:


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