To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Maritime Intelligence Centre is providing comprehensive surface coverage of the Exclusive Economic Zones of dependent territories to ensure wildlife and resource protection; and how those zones are policed, in particular around Tristan da Cunha, Ascension Island and St Helena.
4 February 2016
The National Maritime Information Centre assist with work to investigate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing around the British Indian Ocean Territory and Pitcairn. Overseas Territories are policed in a variety of ways as marine management is a devolved responsibility. In St Helena, Ascension and Tristan de Cunha a variety of surveillance and enforcement measures are deployed, including satellite monitoring, vessel tracking, short term patrols and observer coverage of fishing vessels. Potential enhancements to surveillance and enforcement requirements for the UK’s 14 Overseas Territories are being considered as part of the Government’s commitment to create a Blue Belt around these territories.