BRADES, Montserrat (GIU) -- The government of Montserrat is embarking on a coastal and maritime preservation project with an international conservation association.
Premier Donaldson Romeo and minister for agriculture, housing, trade , lands and environment, Claude Hogan will on Friday sign a memorandum of understanding with the Waitt Institute to include Montserrat in its Blue Halo Initiative of coastal and maritime preservation and fisheries management.
The Blue Halo Initiative is described as being aimed at empowering communities to restore their oceans, and use ocean resources sustainably, profitably, and enjoyably for this and future generations.
The project, which is already in place in Bermuda and Barbuda, partners with governments, communities, and scientists to create and implement ocean policies, including sustainable fishing practices and comprehensive ocean zoning.
In the case of Montserrat, the objective is for the organisation and the government to work together in managing Montserrat’s waters for sustainability, profitability, and enjoyment, resulting healthier ecosystems, improved fishing catches, and strengthened coastal livelihoods.
It will also work towards understanding the threat to the ecosystem, economy, and culture of Montserrat if fishing and use of ocean resources proceed in an unsustainable manner.
Under the project, the government of Montserrat and the Waitt Foundation will collaborate in developing and codifying a sustainable ocean policy for the island, including ocean zoning, sanctuary zones, and fisheries laws and regulations.
Officials of the Waitt Institute say they work with committed governments and communities who understand the need for, and benefits of, managing fisheries sustainably.
The Waitt Institute provides the toolkit, and the partner governments provide the political will.
The American non-profit organisation was set up by the co-founder of Gateway Computers, Ted Waitt.