Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has called on the UK government to become a world leader in protecting the oceans.
Through advancements in satellite technology and developments in international law, it is now possible to monitor and protect vast areas of ocean with ever greater effectiveness and lower cost.
The UK has already protected a massive 830,000 sq. km site in the Pacific, around the Pitcairn Islands. This is one of the largest marine reserves in the world, more than three times the size of the UK.
Faisal is supporting the #BackTheBlueBelt campaign, which calls on the Government to create more protected areas in a number of UK Overseas Territories.
He hopes that this will include the announcement this month of the largest marine reserve in the Atlantic, around the incredible South Sandwich Islands near the Antarctic, home to a huge array of whales, fish, birds, seals and over 10% of the world’s penguins.
Faisal Rashid MP said:
“We are lucky in the UK to be the stewards of some of the most pristine places left in the global ocean, thanks to our Overseas Territories.”
“I am delighted to support this campaign to protect these special places, and call on the Government to designate the South Sandwich Islands as a marine reserve as soon as possible.”
“At 500,000 sq. km, the South Sandwich Islands reserve will be twice the size of the UK and will protect one of the last great wild places left on Earth”.