Recent NewsSeal Named “Northlands”, Set To Leave Island
Monday, March 20, 2023
The seal who was found on Clearwater Beach last month has officially been named Northlands — with Ruby Dill naming the seal after her granddaughter’s school — and Northlands will soon be traveling to the USA with the aim he continue his rehabilitation before being released back into the wild.
Plans Being Made To Send Seal To The USA
Saturday, March 18, 2023
The seal that was found in Bermuda last month — which is only a few weeks old — is “eating six pounds of fish a day, gaining weight, and generally doing well,” and plans are being made to send him to the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, with the same facility that accepted the seal that was found here in 2019, set to assist again.
BZS Trunk Island Cottage Receives Upgrade!
Friday, March 17, 2023
Thanks to the unwavering support of our donors, the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) has recently completed renovations to the cottage on Trunk Island – the BZS Living Classroom, the jewel in the crown of BZS education. The renovations have expanded the footprint of the current island classroom to encompass an expansion of the sheltered porches for outdoor learning while also providing storage areas for teaching tools.
Over 500 People Attend Lionfish Chowder Event
Friday, February 24, 2023
Chiko&T’s Restaurant won both the People’s Choice and Judge’s Awards at the BZS Lionfish Chowder competition, while The Cloud at the Waterfront, Wahoo’s Bistro, the Loren and the Spot Restaurant claimed second and third place honours.
HSBC Announced as Lead Sponsor of BZS Micro Forest Project
Monday, February 20, 2023
With the impacts of climate change being felt more and more each year, the need for reforestation projects has arguably never been more important and urgent. The Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) today announced that HSBC has thrown its weight behind increasing Bermuda’s biodiversity, as Lead Sponsor of the BZS Micro Forest Project – Bermuda's Official Micro Forest Initiative.
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BASS spokesperson Dr Judith Landsberg.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 8: Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle described the Sargasso Sea as the “golden floating rainforest of the Atlantic Ocean” and now ten local non-governmental and environmental groups have teamed up to raise awareness about its importance.
Through scientific research, education and community outreach, the Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea (BASS) aims to support efforts by the Sargasso Sea Alliance, led by the Bermuda government, to establish the Sargasso Sea as a high-seas marine protected area.
Through the campaign, it will highlight threats such as over-fishing and pollution, oil and bilge.
BASS members include Atlantic Conservation Partnership, Bermuda Institute for Ocean Science (BIOS), Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI), Bermuda National Trust, Bermuda Audubon Society, Greenrock, Bermuda Sloop Foundation, the National Museum of Bermuda, Look-Bermuda Education Foundation, and the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS).
“As a group, we support the Sargasso Sea Alliance’s mission to make this international high seas area one of the first protected marine areas of its kind in the world, and we would like to see Bermuda residents get on board this campaign and voice their support,” says BASS spokesperson Dr Judith Landsberg.
“Our goal is to do all we can — through public education, scientific research and community awareness — to help make saving the Sargasso Sea a reality. We want to tell people as much as we can about this precious natural resource — and why they should care.”
The Sargasso Sea covers nearly five-million square kilometres of ocean and is one of the world’s most productive marine ecosystems. Bounded by the Gulf Stream and other currents that constantly shift its position, it feeds and protects the young, and forms a migratory corridor for many endangered and commercially harvested species.
“Its beauty, richness and value need protecting if we are to continue to benefit from this unique ecosystem,” says Dr Landsberg.
“Bermuda is the lone landmass in the Sargasso Sea and has a long record of marine conservation leadership. As island residents, we need to work together to help protect the Sargasso Sea for the health of our fisheries and marine environment. By doing so, Bermuda will be showing the world how we can protect and restore our marine resources.”
Currently, less than one-half of 1 per cent of the world’s ocean is fully protected, whereas more than 15 times more land has some form of protection.
The announcement of the formation came just ahead of World Ocean’s Day which is being marked today by a public event taking place that the HSBC Harbourview Centre from 5:30pm.
At the event there will be a talk by Chris Flook of the Bermuda Blue Halo Project, a government initiated plan that aims to first create a smaller marine reserve beyond the 50-mile mark of the island and out 200 miles.