Pew Group pushes for no-fishing zone
An environmental group is trying to persuade Goverment to establish the largest Marine Reserve in the Atlantic.
Pew Environment Group has met with several Ministers as part of ongoing discussions into the creation of a Marine Protected Area within Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Advocates for ‘no-take’ marine reserves, Pew stressed the positive benefits such an area could have for the Island during Monday’s meeting with Sylvan Richards, the Environment Minister, Shawn Crockwell, the Tourism Minister, Michael Dunkley, Public Safety Minister, and Michael Fah, the Home Affairs Minister.
“Ministers were unanimous in their belief that the implementation of a Marine Protected Area had merit, but recognised that this proposal must be considered in the context of Bermuda’s overall priorities to grow the economy and increase jobs,” Government said in a statement, yesterday.
Government will continue their discussions with experts from Pew, while also beginning a public consultation process to gauge the views of the public at large.
“Through this process Government will seek input from the wider community in order to ensure that all Bermudians have an opportunity to contribute to the discussion,” said Mr Richards. “Following a review of the results of the consultation, Government will determine if protections are desired, and if so, will determine the size, shape and location of the protected area, and the nature of the protections to be imposed on the area.
“We need to emphasise the importance of finding the balance between protecting our EEZ while not stifling potential future economic activity.”