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Tag: Ascencion Islands

  • Monday, October 30th 2017 - 10:45 UTC

    UK’s work on protecting the oceans has won deserved praise – now we must go further

    The review of the MPA designated within the waters surrounding South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands represents another globally significant opportunity

    By Matthew Offord MP for Hendon - UK leadership on ocean conservation has won international acclaim. The landmark “Blue Belt” policy to work with the UK Overseas Territories to “create the largest marine sanctuaries anywhere in the world” has only furthered this standing, with commitments to create large protected areas around Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in 2019 and 2020 respectively already widely welcomed.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 09:31 UTC

    Brexit will hit Britain’s overseas territories hard – why is no one talking about it?

    The Falklands, on the other hand, look like being among the losers, according to Professor Paul Hare, Heriot-Watt University

    When the Brexit referendum result was announced last June, I was working on the Turks and Caicos Islands, one of the UK’s overseas territories in the Caribbean. A collection of about 40 tropical islands, of which eight are inhabited, people there were shocked at the result. They were annoyed they hadn’t had a chance to vote, and concerned about their future.

  • Saturday, September 2nd 2017 - 12:08 UTC

    St Helena/South Africa commercial weekly flights begin this month

    Airlink will operate a weekly service between St Helena and Johannesburg and St Helena/Cape Town (via stopover at Windhoek International Airport, Namibia).

    The British Overseas Territory, BOT, St Helena Government and Airlink have announced that the sale of tickets for flights to St Helena Island will commence early in September 2017.Airlink will operate a weekly service between St Helena and Johannesburg and St Helena and Cape Town (via the stopover at Windhoek International Airport in Namibia).

  • Friday, August 11th 2017 - 20:26 UTC

    Falklands' SAERI lead in Ascension Island tropical marine research

    Cleaner shrimp with Apolo damselfish (Picture SMSG);

    The Journal of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (*) has this month released a special issue focussing on Ascension Island’s marine biodiversity. Falklands' based SAERI Director Dr Paul Brickle explained that 20 papers reported on the results of 202 sampling events, comprising a mixture of quantitative SCUBA surveys involving belt transects for fish and mobile fauna and quadrat photography for sessile fauna.

  • Thursday, July 6th 2017 - 19:29 UTC

    The plight of Ascension Island residents cut off from the Falklands' Airbridge

    The island, which covers around 45 square miles just south of the equator, is formed by around 40 volcanic peaks.

    Ascension Island, home to around 800 people, is even more cut off than it used to be after weekly flights linking the island to the UK were stopped - due to a dodgy runway and the wrong kind of RAF aircraft, according to a BBC report. The British overseas territory is the tip of an old volcano in the Atlantic Ocean, mid-way between Africa and Brazil. It's so remote, that when the Portuguese discovered it on Ascension Day in 1501, they didn't even bother colonizing it.

  • Friday, May 26th 2017 - 07:49 UTC

    Falklands/UK airbridge has reduced flight time with re-route via Cape Verde

    The Brize Norton/Falklands MPA Airbridge has had a bumpy ride over recent weeks with delays on north and south-bound flights

    The United Kingdom MoD (Ministry of Defense) announced on Thursday that plans were in place to trial the Falkland Islands Airbridge flight via Sal, Cape Verde, on a temporary basis which would result in a shorter overall flight time and improved passenger experience.

  • Sunday, May 14th 2017 - 00:03 UTC

    UK/Uruguay confirm Antarctic cooperation with Montevideo visit of two BAS research vessels

    Icebreaker RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Shackleton coincided in Montevideo port  at the end of the Antarctic season

    Two British scientific research vessels coincided in Montevideo in early May at the end of the Antarctic season, in their way back to Southampton. Icebreaker RRS Shackleton and RRS James Clark Ross with sophisticated scientific research equipment and tens of experts in different disciplines spent months in Antarctica and returned to Montevideo, a traditional call port the British Antarctic Survey, BAS.

  • Tuesday, April 18th 2017 - 08:43 UTC

    South Atlantic airbridge tends to normalize by rerouting to West Africa airports

    The Ascension Island runway needs urged repairs and accommodation for larger aircraft

    The Falkland Islands government has made further announcements regarding the South Atlantic Airbridge, which has been rerouted because of the temporary closure of Ascension Island runway, but now seems to be back in track to normalizing via alternative airports in West Africa. Ascenson island, in mid Atlantic, is a crucial call point for the long airbridge to the Falklands.

  • Monday, April 17th 2017 - 07:54 UTC

    South Atlantic air bridge rerouted temporarily; repairs to the Ascension Island runway

     Ascension Island is the normal call for the Brize Norton/MPA air bridge

    It's going to be a busny winter for the Falkland Islands. The government has announced that due to repairs required to the Ascension Island runway, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) is temporarily rerouting the South Atlantic Airbridge via an alternative location. The UK air bridge from Brize Norton to the Falklands normally calls at Ascension Island both ways.

  • Friday, September 16th 2016 - 07:21 UTC

    UK Overseas Territories Marine Protection Areas to double in four years

    “Protecting four million sq kms of ocean is a fantastic achievement, converting our historic legacy into modern environmental success” said Sir Alan Duncan.

    Speaking ahead of “Our Ocean” conference in Washington DC, Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan announced plans to double the area of ocean under marine protection around the UK Overseas Territories to around four million square kilometers, greater than the landmass of India.

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