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Bermuda’s Draft Blue Prosperity Plan is a strategy to benefit everyone in Bermuda by:

Growing Bermuda’s ocean economy & creating jobs 

Increasing investment & support to local businesses & programmes

Producing cleaner, cheaper energy

Expanding sustainable marine tourism

Managing and conserving our marine resources, including cultural heritage

Supporting sustainable local fisheries 

Enhancing ocean health and protecting Bermuda’s unique marine life

The Blue Prosperity Plan has two parts that work together:

Blue Economy Strategy

A guideline for growing Bermuda's ocean-related industries and attracting investment opportunities.

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Marine Spatial Plan

A framework for implementing sustainable ocean development, protection, & management.

A plan by and for Bermuda

In line with the fishermen’s requests the Blue Prosperity Plan will work to:

  • Increase enforcement and monitoring

  • Create a licensing structure for all fishers

  • Require an impact assessment for any marine development

  • Increase research, tools, training, and resources for fisheries

Representatives from the Commercial Fisheries Council (CFC) and Marine Resources Board (MRB) have been included in the BOPP Steering Committee throughout Plan development. Their input has influenced the current draft, which was designed to protect our marine resources with as little disruption to livelihoods as possible. 

While some fishing efforts would shift to ensure the industry is sustainable long into the future, their livelihoods will remain intact, and seafood will still be on our tables.

Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas allow for ocean ecosystems and fish populations to replenish and grow. Protected areas will support fishermen's livelihoods, tourism, food security, and climate resilience and ensure the ocean is healthy for future generations.

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Globally, fish populations are 4-6x higher in protected areas. Fish and invertebrates, such as lobster, can move beyond the borders of the protected area, known as “spillover.” For offshore waters, a recent study in Hawaii found that catch for Yellowfin Tuna increased 54% in waters nearby a fully protected Marine Protected Area.

How can the Blue Economy provide opportunities for Bermuda?

The Blue Economy Strategy creates many opportunities to sustainably grow jobs and Bermuda's economy in the following sectors:



The Blue Prosperity Plan includes the creation of the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Fund (Ocean Fund) that will gather investment and allocate resources and mentorship to local businesses. Additionally, this fund will provide financial support for enforcement and protection of Bermuda’s existing marine regulations. 

Renewable ocean energy


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Proposed areas in the Draft Marine Spatial Plan on the Bermuda Platform (Shoreline to 2000 metres)

Protected areas safeguard marine habitats and allow fish populations to grow and replenish. These areas also will support fishers’ livelihoods, tourism, food security, climate resilience, and ensure our ocean is healthy for future generations.


80% of Bermuda’s waters would still be open to fishing. BOPP has conducted extensive stakeholder engagement to hear the thoughts and understand the needs of Bermuda residents when it comes to the ocean space.


Fully Protected:



Multi-Use Areas [White]: Multiple ocean activities are permitted, including fishing, within existing regulations. An Environmental Impact Assessment will now be required for all developments. The prohibition on foreign commercial fishing vessels and mining will remain.

............     55 metre depth (30 fathoms)

_____     2000 metre depth (100 fathoms)

What would be protected?

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Learn about fully protected areas proposed in the Marine Spatial Plan



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