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Marine Protected Areas

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 163224, tabled on 11 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps is he taking to expand the size of UK’s Blue Belt.

Answered on

17 July 2018

The Government is currently consulting on the Third Tranche of Marine Conservation Zones which closes on 20 July. In this consultation we are proposing 41 new sites, covering an area of 11,700 km2. If all 41 new sites are designated then a total of 218,000 km2 will be protected in the UK’s Blue Belt.