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One of the highlights of the year for Gaëlle Roth is the Bermuda Turtle Project’s annual turtle round-up.

For two-weeks every August, D Roth, director of the project, scientists and conservation students, come together to capture, weigh, measure, examine, tag and release turtles in local waters.

 


Work of Bermuda scientists to be highlighted at New York event
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The Atlantic Conservation Partnership, a sister organisation to the Bermuda Zoological Society, in partnership with The Explorers Club NYC, will host Heart of the Sargasso Sea: Bermuda's Marine Conservation on October 13 at The Explorers Club headquarters.


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More microforests are set to appear around the island as a Bermuda Zoological Society project to plant more trees and shrubs continues to grow.


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Four Bermudian students have been awarded a combined $15,000 in educational funds as part of the Bermuda Zoological Society’s (BZS) annual BZS Steinhoff programme. Osei Agyapong, Imogen Peckett, Logan Soares and Naphisa Smith were selected for their academic achievements and their commitment to protecting the environment.


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Minister gives update on Sargasso Sea Alliance
Royal Gazette
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.

With the exception of Bermuda, the Sargasso Sea is the only sea without land boundaries.

Environment Minister Marc Bean issued a progress report yesterday on the Sargasso Sea Alliance formed in 2010. Since then the Minister said members have finalised the 71-page document entitled ‘The Protection and Management of the Sargasso Sea: The Golden Floating Rainforest of the Atlantic Ocean’.

“Consequently, the UK Government has agreed to support our wish to enter into protective agreement with countries outside of the Commonwealth or the US,” said Mr Bean. “They only ask that we submit them a list of nations and intergovernmental bodies that wish to engage, before they provide the Bermuda Government with a letter of approval.

“The Sargasso Sea Alliance will now compile that list for approval and onward transmission,” said Mr Bean. The next step will be to “bring together a number of countries and intergovernmental bodies that share our interest in the protection of the Sargasso Sea”.

“We very much hope that such a meeting would culminate in a ‘Hamilton Declaration on the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea’, which would set out agreed principles for the conservation of the Sea.”

Mr Bean added: “Whether viewed environmentally, socially, economically or as a critical area for global marine research the Sargasso Sea is hugely more valuable as an intact and healthy ocean area than as one that is depleted and degraded.”

The Sargasso Sea is generally south and west of Bermuda, stretching more than 2,000 miles into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Its currents are largely immobile yet surrounded by some of the strongest currents in the world.

It is a spawning site for threatened and endangered eels, in addition to white marlin and dolphinfish.

Humpback whales migrate through the Sargasso Sea annually and commercial fish like tuna depend on the Sargasso Sea for food.