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Marine expert to hold lecture on state of Sargasso Sea

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A curator at the Bermuda National History Museum will share his thoughts on the state of the Sargasso Sea in a talk to be held on March 6.

Robbie Smith, who serves on the Sargasso Sea Commission, will speak at the aquarium classrooms at the Bermuda Aquarium Museum as part of a lecture series sanctioned by the Bermuda Zoological Society.

The one-hour event starts at 7pm on March 6 and is titled Significant Progress and Opportunity in the Protection of the Sargasso Sea, the society said.

Dr Smith joined the Sargasso Sea Commission in October.

He will speak about the “success of the commission in building partnerships and commitments to the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea”.

The declaration was initiated in March 2014.

Much of the Sargasso Sea is in the Area Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) and governed by international treaties, the society said.

It added that “the United Nations has created a new High Seas Treaty which aspires to create marine protected areas in ABNJs and has been signed in 86 countries, including the UK”.

At the talk, Dr Smith will “show how international policies, research, fisheries management and conservation initiatives will work to enhance the protection of our oceans”.

Admission to the lecture is free. A donation of $10 would be gratefully received, the society said.

Donations may be made on the night of the event or online at www.bamz.org/support/donate. For more information, call 293-2727 or e-mail edadmin@bzs.bm

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Published February 29, 2024 at 1:45 pm (Updated March 01, 2024 at 7:07 pm)

Marine expert to hold lecture on state of Sargasso Sea

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