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Public EEZ meeting next week

The Department of Sustainable Development will next week host a public meeting to discuss the future of Bermuda's Exclusive Economic Zone, and a proposed marine reserve.

The meeting, scheduled to take place on Monday in City Hall's Earl Cameron Theatre between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, will feature a panel discussion with several experts.

Senior marine research officer Tammy Trott will detail the current status of Government's authority to permit activities in the Island's EEZ; Chris Flook will explain the case for creating a massive no-take marine reserve; Nick Hutchings will discuss the potential economic benefits of seabed mining; and Richard Winchell will propose a mixed-use approach.

Minister of Environment and Planning Sylvan Richards will also take part.

The meeting comes as part of a public consultation effort for the future of Bermuda's EEZ. Some have suggested a marine reserve be established in the area to protect the environment and boost tourism, but others have said such a proposal removes potential sources of income such as seabed mining and commercial fishing.

Those interested in expressing their opinions can do so online: www.sdbermuda.bm.

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Published October 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm (Updated October 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm)

Public EEZ meeting next week

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