The Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme is a partnership between the Government of Bermuda, the Waitt Institute, and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). The goal of Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme is to foster the sustainable, profitable, and enjoyable use of ocean resources for present and future generations.
Bermuda has a long history of managing its marine environment, from the first sea turtle protection law of modern times in 1620 to the incredible recovery of the Bermuda petrel (Pterodroma cahow). Bermuda also has a thriving tourism industry, in part thanks to the diverse marine environments of the platform and beyond.
These ocean ecosystems are under pressure from coastal development, changing ocean conditions, competing resource and development needs, and effects of the climate crisis. In order to create a more sustainable, prosperous, and healthy future for all Bermudians, the Government of Bermuda has committed to undergoing comprehensive strategic planning for sustainable fisheries, economic growth, and the protection and management of the marine space.
Assist Bermuda with the diversification of its national revenue and strengthen the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and continued ecosystem health.
Develop and legally adopt an enforceable, comprehensive, EEZ-wide Marine Spatial Plan designed to sustainably manage resources and protect 20% of Bermuda’s waters as no-take fisheries replenishment zone.
Improve fisheries management, where appropriate, and partner with stakeholders to support Bermuda’s fisheries goals through consultations, scientific research, and economic analyses.
The Government of Bermuda has a responsibility to protect Bermuda’s assets for future generations, and it is committed to achieving the highest standard of marine protection. 20% protection is based on international targets: the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Resolution 050, which calls for protection of 30% of countries’ oceans, and the Conservation on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 11 and the Sustainable Development Goal 14 both call for protection of at least 10% of the marine environment to sustain the habitats, fisheries, and health of our oceans.
The Government of Bermuda decided 20% was a practical target that would allow for the development of a vibrant Blue Economy while also allowing for sustainable use of ocean resources and protecting ocean health upon which all Bermudians rely.
More fish and healthier ocean ecosystems
Improved livelihoods and jobs
Long-term planning for tourism and ocean economies
Increased environmental and economic resilience to local and global stressors