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British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL14758, tabled on 21 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 March (HL14356), whether there is a requirement to board suspect vessels in the Marine Protected Areas.

Answered on

1 April 2019

​Measures to manage and protect the maritime zones of the UK Overseas Territories, including where Marine Protected Areas have been established, are contained within the relevant Territory's legislative provisions. These can include powers for designated officers to board and inspect fishing vessels within their waters, irrespective of suspicion of infringement.