£7m extra funding to protect UK marine life

Millions of square kilometres of ocean around the world will be cleaner and more sustainable thanks to the UK’s commitment to extend its Blue Belt scheme.

The additional £7m will mean the protection of Marine Protected Areas can continue and expand, supporting the protection of key species such as turtles, whales, fish, seabirds and wider marine life.

Addressing world leaders at the G7 the Prime Minister said the next year would be vital for the future of our planet, and called for the Aichi targets to be replaced with new, more ambitious ones at the Biodiversity COP in China next year.

Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said: “The UK is the first major economy to legislate for net zero CO2 emissions and we are leading the way on protecting the world’s ocean for future generations. As we leave the EU and become an independent coastal nation, the UK will continue to show global leadership on issues of common interest.”

Charles Clover, Executive Director at Blue Marine Foundation, said: “These Blue Belt sites are like the rain forests of the ocean – where rare sharks, turtles, corals and large fish are still abundant. We are therefore delighted to hear that, in addition to fully implementing and continuing to fund the Blue Belt commitments made in 2016, the Prime Minister has committed to offering this world-leading programme to the other UK Overseas Territories.”