ASCENSION ISLAND – Something old
The 14 Overseas Territories hold 94 per cent of the UK’s biodiversity, but need strong protection from excessive or illegal fishing. The establishment of fully protected marine reserves in Overseas Territories waters is contributing significantly to the amount of global ocean under protection.
CYPRUS – Something new
Small-scale fisheries – with their low impact gear and strong community ties – dominate the Mediterranean with over 80 per cent of the fishing fleet, yet accounting for only 24 per cent of fish caught. BLUE seeks to strengthen artisanal fishers by adapting the principles of the Lyme Bay model of sustainable fishing to Mediterranean fishing communities.
AZERBAIJAN – Something borrowed
Sturgeon are the most critically endangered group of species on the planet. These prehistoric fish can live for over 100 years and grow larger than Great white sharks. They were once a common sight in the estuaries and rivers of Azerbaijan as they made their way up river to lay their precious eggs, known to us as caviar.
BLUE’s aim in the Maldives is to restore coral reefs as climate resilient ecosystems for Maldivian people, nature and the economies that depend on them: tourism and fishing. To achieve this BLUE works across the board with all stakeholders ranging from grassroots conservation with fishermen and communities to high level engagement with policy makers.
NAMIBIA – Something blue
With an area of 10,000 square kilometres, the Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area (NIMPA) is Africa’s second largest marine reserve. The area boasts the highest variety of habitats found anywhere along the coast, including lagoons, wetlands, salt pans, rocky shores, reefs, sandy beaches, kelp beds and several small islands.
PATAGONIA – Something blue
Since 2015, BLUE has been gathering evidence to justify the designation of a vast marine protected area (MPA) in the Gulf of Peñas in Chilean Patagonia. This still pristine wilderness is a feeding ground for huge numbers of baleen whales.