Press release on the Blue Belt Charter

I’m delighted to have signed Early day motion 647, which calls on the Government to sign the Blue Belt Charter and ensure that the UK remains a leader in marine conservation.

According to the WWF, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year and 29% of global fish stocks are over-exploited.  No one who watched Sir David Attenborough’s fantastic Blue Planet II series can fail to have been moved to want to do more to tackle these problems.

The UK Government has a good record on marine conservation.  Fifty Marine Conservation Zones have been created to help protect our rich marine life, joining the UK's over 500 existing marine protected areas.  A new UK Blue Belt of protected sites is also now being created in British waters and around the UK's 14 Overseas Territories where there is local support and environmental need.

Early day motion 647 calls on the Government to ensure that the UK remains a leading force within those international bodies concerned with the protection of the Polar Regions and the marine environment, and to reaffirm its leadership in ocean conservation by working with the governments of the Overseas Territories to deliver on the Blue Belt pledges.

We can and should be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it.  The Blue Belt Charter will help us to achieve this.


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Photograph of West Mersea beach by Ashley Coates.

For more information, please contact Bernard Jenkin MP’s office at or 0207 219 4029.