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Ascension Island is a hot spot for marine diversity.

3
Jan
2016

Why a UK-sized marine reserve off the Ascension Island matters for ocean biodiversity

by Chuck Fox Category:

Today, as some will have read in the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, or the BBC News, The Bacon Foundation, founded by conservationist Louis Bacon, announced a £300,000 grant to the Blue Marine Foundation to support establishment of the largest Marine Reserve in the Atlantic Ocean. This historic new reserve is expected to protect an area only slightly less than the size of the United Kingdom in the waters surrounding Ascension Island in the Atlantic. Grant funds from The Bacon Foundation, to be administered by the Blue Marine Foundation, will support work by the Ascension Island government to close more than half of Ascension’s waters to fishing, manage a tuna fishery, and determine the boundaries of a permanent marine reserve to be established as soon as 2017. The protection of these waters is essential for the incredible number of species that exist here, including some of the largest marlin in the world, one of the most significant populations of green turtles, colonies of tropical seabirds and the island’s own unique frigate bird. The Bacon Foundation grant will cover the costs... read more +