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Greenrock On Illegal Fishing Study & Marine EEZ

Greenrock On Illegal Fishing Study & Marine EEZ

“Bermuda’s EEZ should be protected” with a “no-take EEZ marine conservation area in the shape of a donut from at least 50 miles from the island to the outer reaches of our EEZ, an area in which all fishing and/or other environmental exploitation is banned,” Greenrock said.A spokesperson said, “The world recoiled in horror... Read more of this article

Monitoring Our Marine Exclusive Economic Zone

Monitoring Our Marine Exclusive Economic Zone

“In a world where some 90 percent of fish stocks are either fully or over exploited, it is our responsibility to manage the resources under our care sustainably and to establish to what extent our resources are under threat from outside fishing fleets,” Environment Minister Cole Simons said in the House of Assembly today.Minister Simons... Read more of this article

‘Probability Of Illegal Fishing In Our EEZ Is Low’

‘Probability Of Illegal Fishing In Our EEZ Is Low’

The Ministry of the Environment said they “received a preliminary analysis of three years’ worth of Automatic Identification System [AIS] data that shows the probability of illegal fishing in our 200-mile exclusive economic zone [EEZ] appears to be low.” “For the first time, Bermuda has the advantage of a real picture of the kind... Read more of this article

Satellite Data To Discover Illegal Fishing In EEZ

Satellite Data To Discover Illegal Fishing In EEZ

An analysis of data from satellites is being carried out to discover whether our 200 mile radius exclusive economic zone [EEZ] is at risk from illegal fishing, the Government said today. The Ministry of the Environment said, “The analysis of historical data from vessels’ signal devices associated with Automatic Identification System [AIS] along... Read more of this article

Column: $200M Fishing Is ‘Pie-In-Sky Dream’

Column: $200M Fishing Is ‘Pie-In-Sky Dream’

[Opinion column written by Senator Vic Ball] In his Reply to the 2015 Throne Speech, Marc Bean once again recommended offshore fishing as a way of diversifying Bermuda’s economy. He said, “We support investment in the Blue Economy, with an initial emphasis on offshore fishing within our EEZ [Exclusive Economic Zone]. Based on the quotas allocated... Read more of this article

EEZ Study Delayed Due To ‘Budget Restraints’

EEZ Study Delayed Due To ‘Budget Restraints’

The cost of the feasibility study for Bermuda’s Marine EEZ “could not be justified when compared with providing for the immediate social and economic needs of our citizens,” Premier Michael Dunkley said today [Mar 16] in the House of Assembly, adding that due to budget restraints, it is “currently not possible for this specific... Read more of this article

Nick Hutchings: Politics Of Deep Sea Mining

Nick Hutchings: Politics Of Deep Sea Mining

[Opinion column written by Nick Hutchings] “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” – Socrates. Deep sea mining featured in the political arena last year during the Throne Speech debate with veteran politician Glenn Blakeney and new comer Glen Smith squaring off over the issue. Blakney claims deep... Read more of this article

Opinion: Lack Of Urgency On Ocean’s Potential

Opinion: Lack Of Urgency On Ocean’s Potential

[Opinion column written by Jeremy Deacon] Given the crying need to add a third pillar to our economy – and not just prop up the existing two – there appears to be a staggering lack of urgency about exploring what the ocean could offer. The recent Sustainable Development Department report [which I found to be bland] on the future of the Island’s... Read more of this article

Future Of Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone

Future Of Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone

The Government has released the report on the future of Bermuda’s marine Exclusive Economic Zone [EEZ], saying that “it is premature to establish a firm or definitive position on the future of the EEZ at this time.” A spokesperson said, “This report outlines the major findings and conclusions arising from the public consultation that... Read more of this article

Opinion: ‘Why Is It Dragging On For So Long?’

Opinion: ‘Why Is It Dragging On For So Long?’

[Opinion column written by Jeremy Deacon] This is a real bug bear of mine and I find it difficult to see why it is dragging on for so long. I know it causes incredible controversy and stirs up emotions in Bermuda but to me [and many others as well] it is a no-brainer. It is the Blue Halo – an idea stunning in its simplicity that would put Bermuda... Read more of this article

Premier: Additional Consultation On Marine EEZ

Premier: Additional Consultation On Marine EEZ

The Government believes it is “premature to establish a firm or definitive position” on the future of Bermuda’s 180,000 sq. mile marine EEZ and will undertake additional analysis, Premier Michael Dunkley said in the House of Assembly this morning [June 6]. Premier Dunkley said, “In 1996 the United Nations Convention on the Law of... Read more of this article

Opinion: Benefits Of Blue Halo Marine Reserve

Opinion: Benefits Of Blue Halo Marine Reserve

[Opinion column written by Greenrock's Matt Carr] “What’s the deal with the Bermuda Triangle?” – many Bermudians will agree that this is one of the most frequently asked questions by non-Bermudians to Bermudians or residents when they find out where we are from. Greenrock suggests that the proposed Blue Halo marine reserve may have the very... Read more of this article

Dr Iverson: Marine Reserve Could Boost Tourism

Dr Iverson: Marine Reserve Could Boost Tourism

Tourism economist, Dr. Tom Iverson returned to Bermuda this week, discussing the potential for jobs and the economic driver that a marine reserve could be for the island. He revisited his earlier study on the economic impact of a marine reserve , by analyzing current statistics and placing his results into the current Bermuda tourism climate and context. Dr.... Read more of this article