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Students will highlight Sargasso Sea at conference
Royal Gazette
Thursday, March 13, 2014

More than 80 Island schoolchildren are taking part in the biennial Bermuda Zoological Society’s (BZS) Youth Conference this week.

The conference is aimed at middle and secondary students who have demonstrated “interest and leadership in conservation and the environment”.

Entitled ‘Protecting the Sargasso Sea: The Power of One,’ the conference takes place at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ) today and tomorrow.

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Sargassum seaweed, one of the features
of the Sargasso Sea

Organisers said 83 students have registered to attend and “will have a unique insight into the dynamic world of environmental science through experiential learning, guest lectures and networking opportunities with leaders from the global and local conservation and science community.

“The conference will highlight many of the species that live and migrate through the Sargasso Sea and how they are affected by human behaviour, in addition to workshops on oceanography, research, and conservation efforts.”

Students were nominated to represent their school by teachers and range in ages from 13 to 18.

“As the Centre for Environmental Education it is our responsibility to prepare Bermuda’s youth for the environmental challenges they will face in the future,” said education officer Dr Jamie Bacon.

“We do this by using real life experiences in nature, inspiring them to be better stewards of our shared environment. The students will also draft their own Declaration for the Protection of the Sargasso Sea, thus declaring their generation’s commitment to protect the Sargasso Sea.”

The keynote speakers will be Dr David Freestone, executive director of the Sargasso Sea Alliance, and Professor Howard Roe, scientific advisory chair of the Sargasso Sea Alliance, with presentations being made by Dr Bill Curry, president and director of the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and Dr Robbie Smith, curator for the Natural History Museum at BAMZ.

The conference follows yesterday’s signing of The Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea by international governments that are either located in the broader Sargasso Sea area or have an interest in high seas conservation.

In addition to hearing from the keynote speakers, students will break up into small groups for a variety of field trips and workshops, including “the opportunity to delve into their creative side crafting a mural with local artist Graham Foster, beach art made from marine debris that has washed ashore, and a creative writing session.”

Dr Bacon noted: “The first BZS Youth Conference programme was launched in April 2000 with a grant from the Ernest E. Stempel Foundation.

“BZS is grateful for the loyalty of the Ernest E. Stempel Foundation and the generous support of our partner organisations: BAMZ, BIOS, BEN, KBB and the Sargasso Sea Alliance.”