The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is a UK-based charity, established in 2010 by the team behind the film The End of the Line, which brought the world’s attention to the crisis of over-fishing. BLUE was set up to enable the creation of marine reserves and establish models of sustainable fishing. In its five-year existence, BLUE has already achieved a huge amount of impactful ocean conservation, including catalysing the creation of the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in Chagos in 2010, helping to persuade the government to create an even bigger reserve around Pitcairn in the Pacific in 2015 and facilitating the closure of 52.6% of Ascension’s waters to fishing from January 2016 to the foreseeable future.

2016

BLUE, as part of the Great British Oceans Coalition successfully facilitated the closure of 52.6% of Ascension Island’s waters to fishing from January 2016, for the foreseeable future, with enforcement paid for initially by BLUE, thanks to a generous grant from the Bacon Foundation.

2015

BLUE, as part of the Great British Oceans Coalition, successfully campaigned for marine protection around the UK Overseas Territories resulting in the UK government’s announcement to create the world’s biggest marine reserve around Pitcairn Island and to create a ‘blue belt’ around the UK’s 14 Overseas Territories.

2014

BLUE commissioned a report that questioned the legality of over-fishing. This work gave rise to BLUE’s current campaign to curb over-fishing of vulnerable fish species around the UK, including sea bass.

2013

BLUE has partnered with local NGOs in Scotland to develop marine protected areas and promote sustainable fishing practices, and has co-funded a community support officer to help communities establish Marine Protected Areas.

2012

BLUE initiated a fully traceable, sustainable fishery in Lyme Bay, Dorset by forming a collective where fishermen benefit from becoming conservationists. This model is being applied to other coastal areas in the UK including the Solent where BLUE has instigated a plan to restore the native oyster.

2012

BLUE partnered with the government of Belize and the Bertarelli Foundation to protect the Turneffe Atoll in Belize, an area rich in biodiversity and CO2.

2010

BLUE played a key role in catalysing the creation of the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the world around one of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs), Chagos in the Indian Ocean, doubling the amount of ocean under protection in the world at the time.