Marine Protected Area for St Helena
A 200 nautical mile Maritime Zone in the sea around St Helena has been designated a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The announcement was made at the 2016 ‘Our Ocean’ Conference hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington DC on Thursday 15 September 2016.
The MPA and subsequent Marine Management Plan for this area is a significant step forward for St Helena to meet both local and international commitments, and to protect local maritime interests.
In parallel, a new Fisheries Ordinance and Regulations, and a new Fisheries Licensing Policy are being drafted to provide improved management of fishing. A dedicated marine fisheries enforcement post is also being developed to support awareness and compliance. This post will also enforce fisheries law, provisions for marine tourism and fisheries licences granted for recreational, sport and commercial fishing.