Power, provided for by the new post-Brexit Fisheries Act 2020, would allow us to outlaw the most destructive fishing vessels from our protected areas.
On biodiversity, climate change, and the illegal wildlife trade, the UK and her Overseas Territories can play a crucial role.
The current rules blur the line between fishing waters and properly-protected areas, and our Overseas Territories need more support.
Councils should do more to promote marine tourism. Partnership deals could also improve the environment and public health.
The Blue Belt policy of working with UK Overseas Territories to “create the largest marine sanctuaries anywhere in the world” is succeeding.