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Helen challenges Foreign Minister to tackle ocean protection with President Trump

Lots of constituents have written to me concerned about the government's failure to make creating an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary a diplomatic priority in the run up to important international talks in October.

Just 3.9% of the world’s oceans are designated for protection, despite a global commitment to achieve 10% by 2020.

As such, it is ever more crucial that the UK continues to lead the world in marine conservation and that we do all we can to ensure the protection and sustainability of our oceans.
 
I have long supported measures to protect our marine environment and I support the establishment of the blue belt in order to protect and enhance the marine environment of the UK and our overseas territories. I also support proposals to deliver an ecologically coherent network of Marine Conservation Zones around the UK in order to ensure that the benefits of marine conservation are felt domestically too.

I asked the Minister to address this with President Trump during his visit later this week however I was not reassured by his rather flippant response.

#ProtectAntarctic.

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