The Waitt Institute has expanded its Blue Halo Initiative to Montserrat and Curaçao, building on the recent success in Barbuda. The new partnerships with these two innovative island governments and communities will help envision, design, and implement sustainable ocean policies for their waters.
With the launches of Blue Halo Montserrat and Blue Halo Curaçao the Waitt Institute has not only tripled the number of partner islands to which we offer our toolkit for ocean management, but also increased the amount of ocean area where we support sustainable policies to 38,700 km2.
As Adopted by the Government of Curaçao.
Plan with the goal of sustainable, profitable, and enjoyable use of ocean resources, for next year and for future generations.
Plan with a focus on increasing fisheries’ catches and preserving traditional uses of coastal areas.
Plan with the premise that a zoning plan that is well supported by the community will result in higher voluntary compliance.
Plan with consideration of maximizing ease of enforcement, including gear-based fisheries management and design of zone boundaries based on known landmarks, where possible.
Plan with an understanding of the necessity for strong legal support for enforcement, including for prosecuting and penalizing infractions.
Plan with an aim of long-term financial independence and viability of implementation.
Plan with the awareness that revisions and adjustments may be needed over time to maximize effectiveness.
Marine Conservation Institute and the Waitt Foundation provide this
interactive tool to help users visualize the locations and coverage of global
marine protected areas (MPA). This atlas provides information on over 8000 MPAs
globally, drawing on datasets from the
World Database on Protected Areas1,
US MPA Center2,
and other country- and regional-level data authorities, as well as research
conducted by the Marine Conservation Institute.
In addition to MPA boundaries and site management information, this dataset
contains information on conservation measures with a particular focus on those
restricting the exploitation of marine life.
Features on this site are designed to allow users to understand (1) where current
protection exists and at what level, and (2), where important areas for future protection
are and any processes underway to establish MPAs. This provides vital information to
countries and their citizens interested in ocean conservation, management and stewardship.
The dataset is constantly being updated and we welcome visitors to the site to provide
feedback and update content by creating a member account on MPAtlas today.