Establishing protected areas

We want to expand the UK’s blue belt.

Protecting the underwater world is essential for the health of our ocean, planet and species. The best method to protect our seas is to halt ocean degradation before it happens. This can be done by creating marine protected areas (MPA’s) around threatened habitats. Effective management in these areas is crucial for their success.

Marine conservation zones (MCZ’s) are designated nature reserves to protect nationally important, rare or threatened habitats and species. In order to successfully reach conservation goals, they should be large enough and within close enough proximity to one another to form a network of protected communities. These ecosystems can then ‘ecologically cohere’ and form a strong basis for recovery.

91 MCZ’s were designated between 2013 and 2019, which is a major step in safeguarding our seas.

However, many threatened habitats and species still exist unprotected. Recovery of marine wildlife relies on the positioning and successful management of these areas. Yet the network of ecological communities remains incomplete. Further support is mandatory to effectively mitigate human impacts and secure ocean health.

Harm to the ocean threatens the future of all life. We feel passionately about finding a balance with nature.

We want to expand the UK’s blue belt to give nature its best chance of recovery.

Other Projects

Engaging local communities


Bridging the gap between the ocean and mankind The ocean is a powerful tool to improve our health and connect to nature. We aim to bridge the gap between people, the sea and our future. Encouraging individual involvement and engagement of local communities. Exploring and restoring beaches, reefs and marine life. Let’s inspire a positive…

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Working with ocean ambassadors


Creating partnerships with individuals, companies and organisations. Reef trust care about both the environment and the people who surround it. That’s why our projects will be grounded in scientific evidence and local knowledge to ensure maximum benefit to the reefs and communities. We think it is important to work closely with our partners to share information,…

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Information on ocean health


Inspiring the next generation of environmental pioneers to be future voices of our seas Reef trust will interact with the general public, individuals, nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. It is important to educate and inspire curious minds as well as provide opportunities to develop research and field skills. We want to build a team of…

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Restore kelp beds UK

Restore Kelp

Kelp arises from the rocky sea floor and grows up towards sunlight to form a canopy of dense macro-algae. Beyond the fronds, you can find cuttlefish, seahorses, crabs, lobsters sea-bream and bass. These habitats offer a safe nursery ground and home for native species to reside in and protect our coasts from erosion and storm…

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Artificial reefs via offshore wind farms

Restore Offshore

Globally, the UK generates the most offshore wind energy and the number of windfarms is only set to rise with the shift to renewables. We want to make the most of our world-leading status by utilising this opportunity to restore degraded ocean habitats. Offshore windfarms submersed in waters around the UK introduce a new habitat…

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