I don't understand the new 3 month limit. I thought the Foreign Office wanted the income
. Perhaps it was a compromise between those in the FCO who wanted the income
and those who wanted cruisers banned completely.
A further complication is that two weeks ago, on 1 December, the commercial fishing
licenses for BIOT expired and will not be renewed, so under the Marine
Protected Area regulations
, the whole of the northern Chagos
is now an absolute no-take zone for everyone, no exceptions.
The cruising permit regulations
, however, allow for limited fishing
, for local consumption
only. These conflicting regulations have not been explained. Obviously, one or the other needs to be changed.