The BOPP team is based in Bermuda with international support from the Blue Prosperity Coalition and Waitt Institute. Our program is led by the Government of Bermuda in partnership with staff from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Our program is collaborative and will work closely with local and international organizations, ocean stakeholders, and the public to make a comprehensive plan for future ocean health in the Bermuda.
Signatory: Hon. Walter H. Roban, JP, MP, Minister of Home Affairs
BOPP is led by the government and partners closely with multiple government departments to develop policy recommendations that support the needs of Bermudians.
Signatory: William B. Curry, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer
BIOS provides scientific and technical expertise to guide and shape the data gathering and analysis of local environments to ensure decisions are based on the best available science.
Signatory: Ted Waitt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
On behalf of the Blue Prosperity Coalition, the Waitt Institute creates and implements sustainable ocean plans in partnership with committed governments and local stakeholders.
Bermuda Business Development Agency
Bermuda Economic Development Corporation
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority
Bermuda Tourism Authority
Commercial Fisheries Council
Department of Economic Development
Department of Energy
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Department of Marine and Ports
Department of Planning
Department of Workforce Development
Estates Section, Ministry of Public Works
Historic Wrecks Authority
Marine Resources Board
Cheryl-Ann Mapp, Blue Economy Specialist
As Site Coordinator, Cheryl manages the logistics and planning between the Administration teams, Committees, and government partners. She was a former Compliance Officer with the Department of Environmental Protection where she managed the Fisheries and Animal Wardens teams, advised on environmental compliance issues and facilitated relevant environmental advisory board meetings.
Weldon Wade, Communications Coordinator
Weldon manages social media, events, and press relations for the Programme. He has been extremely active in the Bermuda diving community for over ten years with a focus on ocean advocacy, outreach and community engagement and brings over twenty years’ experience in innovation and technology to his new role. Mr. Wade presently serves on numerous boards and committees and is an ambassador for several ocean-focused organizations.
Sarah Brooks, Marine Spatial Planning Specialist
As MSP Specialist, Sarah will bring her technical and programmatic experience to BOPP to provide strategic support and overall guidance for the design and implementation of the Marine Spatial Plan. She previously worked as the Senior Conservation Specialist at the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in the UK. She has spent the last three years consulting on various research projects as she sailed around the world, visiting over 30 countries.
Ali Hochberg, Outreach Specialist
As a part-time Outreach Specialist, Ali supports the Communications Team by providing copywriting and copy-editing support for a broad range of communications assets. She assists the Waitt Institute and the BOPP Site Team in developing and implementing communications plans and stakeholder engagement strategies. Ali also works as a science writer, research technician, and webmaster for the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.
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Noelle Young, Administrative Assistant
Noelle Young, local Administrative Assistant, supports the BOPP site team, Science Committee, Steering Committee, stakeholder groups, and BOPP Administration to ensure timely communication and effective engagement in program activities. Noelle has a strong background in aquaculture and fisheries, with a focus on the early-life stages of fishes, crustaceans, and mollusks; reared within innovative recirculating aquaculture systems that incorporated low head technologies such as mixed bed bioreactors, diffused aeration basins, and low head oxygenation within a compact footprint for modern high-efficiency solutions. She formerly interned for the Bermuda Department of Environmental Protection and the Oceans Research Institute of South Africa, and was employed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as well as Marine Harvest.