Ascension Island Ocean Sanctuary
The UK Overseas Territory of Ascension Island lies 1,000 miles from the coast of west Africa in the tropical Atlantic ocean. It’s one of 50 marine areas in the world which have been highlighted as 'Hope Spots' - areas critical to the future health of the world’s oceans.
- Support establishment and management of an Ascension Island Ocean Sanctuary - the largest fully-protected marine reserve in the neglected Atlantic.
- RSPB campaigning lead to the Ascension Island Government closing the uncontrolled commercial fishery at the end of 2013.
- The Ascension Island Government has initiated a review of all management options for the island's maritime zone.
- The Conservative Party's 2015 election manifesto committed to creating a marine protected area at Ascension, subject to the views of the local community
A scientific review and conservation status assessment of the waters surrounding Ascension Island. PDF. 2,46MbAscension Offshore Science Review