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Friday, April 27, 2012
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a Full Science Case for their review as Bermuda moves to establish international protection of the Sargasso Sea.
Minister Bean: Sargasso Sea Alliance Progress
Thursday, April 26, 2012
MARC A. BEAN, JP, MP ON: SARGASSO SEA PROJECT UPDATE; SCIENCE CASE
Rubis donates fuel for educational boat
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Rubis Energy Bermuda has donated another year of fuel for education to facilitate marine conservation excursions for local schoolchildren to support conservation education programmes.
RUBiS donates a year's worth of fuel to BZS
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
TUESDAY, APRIL 17: RUBIS has gifted a year’s worth of diesel boat fuel to the Bermuda Zoological Society, it was announced today.
Aquarium shark released back into the wild
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A shark called Osbourne has been released back to the sea by the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:16 AM
Yet another option was presented as an alternative to the no take marine reserve being explored by the Government of Bermuda and the Pew Charitable Trust.
At a panel discussion about Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone at City Hall on Monday night, President of the Zoological Society Richard Winchell outlined a multi-use system he described as the Self Administered Marine Protected Area (SAMPA).
His proposal suggested a balance between conservation and commercial freedom, a system that a full, no take marine reserve could restrict to some extent.
“With SAMPA we take full responsibility for the sustainable management of our EEZ. We would manage it as we have managed our reef platform... Mixed use — tourism, research, education, fishing and exploration.
“It allows for fishing and it will allow us to go out and explore.”
*Photo by Chris Burville
Other panellists were Tammy Trott, senior resources officer for the Marine Resources Section of the Department of Environmental Protection, who discussed a similar multi-use sustem; Chris Flook, marine consultant for the Pew Charitable Trust, who advocates for a full, no take marine reserve; and Nick Hutchins, organizer of the Ocean Projects, who is interested in deep seabed mining.
At the end of the two and a half hour discussion, the audience was asked if they felt informed enough to make a decision on the marine reserve to which the response was a resounding “no”. ??Over 1,100 people saw the debate either at City Hall or online. There have been private meetings with selected groups and some advertising while the public consultation document has been available online for some time. But this was the first open public debate. The public consultation deadline is tomorrow. ??Charles Brown of the Sustainable Development Department, employed by government to facilitate the consultation, told the Bermuda Sun: “Government could decide that based on the data, they wish to consider more information and extend the process. Or Government could decide to make a decision based on the data before them.”