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
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 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.
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.
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