Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Appoint Wade & Mapp

January 13, 2020

The Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme, a partnership between the Government of Bermuda, the Waitt Institute, and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences [BIOS], announced the appointment of two new coordinators – Mr. Weldon Wade and Ms. Cheryl-Ann Mapp.

“The public may recall that in June 2019 the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme was created with the goal of sustainably developing Bermuda’s Blue Economy while also fully protecting 20% of Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone [EEZ] in marine protected areas [MPAs],” said the Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban.

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“I am confident that the appointment of Ms. Mapp and Mr. Wade will further these efforts as they both bring years of experience and expertise to this vital initiative.”

“Ms. Cheryl-Ann Mapp has been appointed the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme’s Site Coordinator. Ms. Mapp is an attorney and compliance professional with extensive advisory experience,” the announcement said.

“She has held key senior executive roles and 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. Ms. Mapp is an industry leader who enjoys developing relationships with strategic partners to influence and effect positive change within her community.”

“The Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme is an exciting and novel opportunity for Bermuda,” said Ms. Mapp. “I am happy to be involved with this initiative and manage the collaboration between stakeholders, the Bermuda Government, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and a recognized global environmental organization like the Waitt Institute.”

“Mr. Weldon Wade will take the role of Communications Coordinator for the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme. Mr. Wade 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. He was a speaker at TEDxBermuda in 2014,” the announcement said.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with all partners and stakeholders to introduce much needed management and protection of our valuable marine resources,” Mr. Wade said.

A spokesperson said, “Bermuda’s waters contain the northernmost coral reef ecosystem in the world. While boasting some of the healthiest coral in the Atlantic, Bermuda’s waters face mounting pressures from human activity such as declining fish stocks, sea level rise, and a potential risk of increased tropical storms.

“Through The Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme, Bermuda will create a binding ocean plan to sustainably manage and improve ocean industries like fishing and tourism while at the same time conserving Bermuda’s waters in fully protected areas.

“Utilizing marine spatial planning, new inshore and offshore zones will aim to protect commercially important fish stocks, migratory routes for marine mammals, and deep-sea ecosystems like seamounts and corals while allowing for responsible development of marine industries.

“Bermuda is the latest island nation in the Atlantic Ocean to protect part of their Exclusive Economic Zone [EEZ]. The Governments of the Azores, Barbuda and Curaçao have recently announced similar commitments under the Blue Prosperity Coalition.”

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  1. red rose says:

    Did Cheryl-Ann Mapp step down from the gaming commission?

    • Toadinthehole says:

      The gaming commission? Lol, what’s that?

    • Insane in The Membrane says:

      We have an active gaming commission? Two and a half years after being elected (July 2017) and that commission overseen by Jamahl Simmons what has he done? He was hot to get rid of the head and have him replaced. He got his wish and has done what since? It is disgusting that the public are asked to pay more taxes to pay for his disaster AND reward him by paying him a salary too!. How much are we paying each month for rent, utilities, wages, legal fees and so on? Instead of doing something we now have another government arm that is adding to our debt because the minister in charge that knew it all and had all the answers – does nothing.

      Many said he was ineffective when he was with the UBP and appears to be no different now with the PLP. Either lead, follow or get out of the way!

      To put this in perspective to you all a 1,000 acre resort in Bahamas called Baha Mar with 2,200 rooms and 284 residences and 100,00 square foot casino, golf courses, waterpark etc was built in five years. Our government is yet to even announce that they have issued a licence to a single property that will likely simply renovate a small area to accommodate a small casino.

      What exactly is the problem, what are they waiting for and why have they not even announced that a single licence has been issued. Do we have tons of money? Is everyone employed? By the way, why isn’t the opposition asking questions and making statements about this. The OBA did all the grunt work! Jahmal and co have the easy part to do. How much has his failure to do his job cost us? I’m not just talking expenses either. How many people know of a bartender, waiter, technician, maintenance person, manager that might benefit from a job in this new industry?

      On another note congrats to Weldon Wade and Cheryl Ann Mapp

  2. observer says:

    yes congradulations to both Mapp i am sure you are better suited there then with cricket