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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.