The world’s oceans are in crisis. We need your help.

You can help protect 4 million square kilometres of ocean if you tell your MP to Back The Blue Belt now. It only takes a minute – just enter your postcode below.

 

What is the
Blue Belt?

The Blue Belt will be a series of large protected areas of ocean around 7 of the 14 British Overseas Territories, all of which are under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.

The Blue Belt consists of Ascension Island, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Pitcairn Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Saint Helena and Tristan da Cunha.

The surrounding areas of ocean are vast marine estates that contain breeding grounds for a quarter of the world’s penguins, a third of the world’s albatrosses, endangered turtles, and the world’s largest coral atoll. Together, these Territories will create 4 million square kilometres of ocean – an area larger than India.

Marine Protected Areas like these have been found to be a productive, cost-effective and viable way to preserve the ocean’s wildlife. They protect vital ecological processes for both local communities and the planet as a whole.

The proposal is for Overseas Territory Governments to get the support they need to create a Blue Belt. Combined with UK waters, this could become the largest network of marine reserves in the world.

These waters must be protected, and you can help.

Blue Belt Charter

With the fifth largest marine estate in the world, the UK and its Overseas Territories are custodian to the largest coral atoll on earth, globally significant populations of albatross, whales and turtles, and as many as a quarter of the penguins on the planet.

Through the actions of successive governments, the UK has demonstrated global leadership in ocean conservation. We call on the UK to reaffirm this leadership by working with the governments of the Overseas Territories to deliver on Blue Belt pledges to:

  • Establish a 500,000 km² fully protected Marine Protected Area around the South Sandwich Islands in 2018
  • Deliver on the commitment to establish a fully protected Marine Protected Area in at least 50% of Ascension Island’s waters in 2019
  • Support the establishment of a locally-led marine protection regime throughout the waters of Tristan da Cunha by 2020
  • Strengthen the development of the locally-led marine protection regime throughout the waters of St Helena

We also call on the UK to remain a leading force within those international bodies concerned with greater protection of the Polar Regions, the UN process for establishing Marine Protected Areas on the High Seas, and within the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.

Who is
supporting
this?

Great British Oceans, a coalition of the Blue Marine Foundation, Greenpeace, Marine Conservation Society, The Pew Trusts, RSPB and Zoological Society of London, support the vision of the UK and Overseas Territory governments to increase marine protection in the British Overseas Territories.

We want the public to be a vocal part of this campaign. We want you to spread the message that marine protection works.

133 MPs are
on board so far

If you don’t see your MP below please contact them now. You can follow the campaign on Twitter using #BackTheBlueBelt.

  • Alex Chalk MP
  • Alex Sobel MP
  • Alister Jack MP
  • Andrew Rosindell MP
  • Andrew Selous MP
  • Angela Smith MP
  • Angela Crawley MP
  • Angela Eagle MP
  • Anna McMorrin MP
  • Antoinette Sandbach MP
  • Barry Sheerman MP
  • Ben Lake MP
  • Bim Afolami MP
  • Bob Blackman MP
  • Catherine West MP
  • Charles Walker OBE MP
  • Chris Stephens MP
  • Christine Jardine MP
  • Clive Betts MP
  • Craig Mackinlay MP
  • Daniel Kawczynski MP
  • Darren Jones MP
  • David Drew MP
  • David Warburton MP
  • Derek Thomas MP
  • Douglas Ross MP
  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP
  • Dr Caroline Lucas MP
  • Dr Matthew Offord MP
  • Emma Lewell-Buck MP
  • Faisal Rashid MP
  • Gavin Robinson MP
  • Geoffrey Cox QC MP
  • Heidi Alexander MP
  • Heidi Allen MP
  • Helen Goodman MP
  • Helen Hayes MP
  • Henry Smith MP
  • Hugh Gaffney MP
  • Hywel Williams MP
  • James Heappey MP
  • Jeremy Lefroy MP
  • Jim Fitzpatrick MP
  • Jim Shannon MP
  • Jo Churchill MP
  • John Lamont MP
  • John Mann MP
  • John Penrose MP
  • Johnny Mercer MP
  • Jonathan Edwards MP
  • Jonathan Lord MP
  • Julia Dockerill MP
  • Justin Tomlinson MP
  • Karen Buck MP
  • Kate Green OBE MP
  • Kerry McCarthy MP
  • Kit Malthouse MP
  • Layla Moran MP
  • Luciana Berger MP
  • Luke Graham MP
  • Luke Pollard MP
  • Madeleine Moon MP
  • Marcus Fysh MP
  • Maria Caulfield MP
  • Marie Rimmer CBE MP
  • Mark Menzies MP
  • Mark Prisk MP
  • Mark Tami MP
  • Martin Whitfield MP
  • Martyn Day MP
  • Mary Creagh MP
  • Matt Western MP
  • Matthew Pennycook MP
  • Michael Tomlinson MP
  • Mohammad Yasin MP
  • Neil O’Brien OBE MP
  • Neil Parish MP
  • Nic Dakin MP
  • Nick Boles MP
  • Oliver Dowden CBE MP
  • Paul Farrelly MP
  • Paul Flynn MP
  • Paul Masterton MP
  • Pauline Latham OBE MP
  • Peter Wishart MP
  • Preet Gill MP
  • Ranil Jayawardena MP
  • Richard Graham MP
  • Roger Godsiff MP
  • Rosie Cooper MP
  • Rosie Duffield MP
  • Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP
  • Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP
  • Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP
  • Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman DBE MP
  • Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP
  • Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP
  • Rt Hon Mike Penning MP
  • Rt Hon Nick Brown MP
  • Rt Hon Richard Benyon MP
  • Rt Hon Sir Dr Oliver Letwin Kt MP
  • Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire KCMG MP
  • Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP
  • Rt Hon Tom Brake MP
  • Ruth Cadbury MP
  • Ruth George MP
  • Sandy Martin MP
  • Sarah Champion MP
  • Scott Mann MP
  • Simon Clarke MP
  • Sir David Amess MP
  • Sir Peter Bottomley MP
  • Sir Roger Gale MP
  • Stephen Doughty MP
  • Stephen Kerr MP
  • Stephen Lloyd MP
  • Stephen Morgan MP
  • Steve Double MP
  • Steve McCabe MP
  • Stuart C. McDonald MP
  • Thangam Debbonaire MP
  • Thelma Walker MP
  • Thomas Tugendhat MP
  • Tim Farron MP
  • Toby Perkins MP
  • Tonia Antoniazzi MP
  • Tracey Crouch MP
  • Trudy Harrison MP
  • Valerie Vaz MP
  • Vernon Coaker MP
  • Vicky Ford MP
  • Wes Streeting MP
  • Zac Goldsmith MP
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