The Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme is a partnership between the Government of Bermuda, the Waitt Institute, and Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). The goal of Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme (BOPP) is to foster the sustainable, profitable, and enjoyable use of ocean resources for present and future generations.
Goals of the program are to sustainably develop Bermuda’s Blue Economy through the diversification of national revenue and the sustainable management of Bermuda’s blue assets. This includes the full protection of 20% of Bermuda’s waters creating 90,000 km2 of new marine protected areas, and improved fisheries management.
Learn more by visiting BermudaOceanProsperity.org and follow BOPP on Facebook and Instagram.
ocean protection committment
year the first marine conservation legislation was passed
GOVERNANCE & WORK PLANNING
PLANNING & LEGAL DEVELOPMENT
MOU is signed between the Government of Bermuda, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Waitt Institute.
Virtual public launch event is held to kick off the stakeholder engagement process.
Ocean Use Survey is completed to gather information on how Bermudians use and value their ocean space.
State of Bermuda's Waters Report is published.
BLUE ECONOMY SPECIALIST
Cheryl manages Blue Economy and development for the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme. 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.
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.
MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING SPECIALIST
As MSP Specialist, Sarah will bring her technical and programatic 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.
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.
BERMUDA INSTITUTE OF OCEAN SCIENCES
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is an independent U.S. non-profit scientific research and educational organization based in Bermuda. For over 100 years, BIOS-based researchers and visiting scientists have worked to explore the ocean and address important local and global environmental issues.
"This partnership confirms our recognition that a healthy ocean is essential to our island’s prosperity – our future depends on it. Bermuda is committed to achieving the highest standard of marine protection, which is essential to build ocean resilience, while at the same time ensuring economic resilience."
- Hon. Walter H. Roban
Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs
Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme Website
Ocean Use Survey (2020 - 2021)
Virtual Public Launch Recording (Sept. 2020)