The signing of a declaration protecting the Sargasso Sea is to be welcomed. I believe it is a non-binding agreement, but it is a start.
Whilst I understand why Bermuda’s EEZ has not been included, I have to feel concerned that this is a harbringer of things to come.
The story is not quite clear on the EEZ issue. It says: “A previous draft of the Hamilton declaration showed Bermuda’s EEZ as included, while all other nations’ EEZs were specifically excluded.”
I’m assuming this means the EEZs of countries bordering the Sargasso Sea? Although looking at maps of the area it is difficult to tell whose boundaries are affected. As far as as I can see, and read, the Sargasso is unique in that it has no land borders. Can anyone help on this?
Regardless, as I said, despite the fact it is a non-binding agreement, it is a step forward, and to be welcomed.
So why am I concerned about the EEZ issue? The Blue Halo project would include that area and although it has not been mentioned by name, is the Premier referring to this when he says: “Additionally, I want to publicly state that the signing of this historic document will allow the stewardship of the Bermuda Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to remain solely under the control and management authority of the Government of Bermuda.
“We are committed to a high level of sustainable management of the resources of the EEZ and we have an impressive history to prove it.”
The words “remain solely under the control and management authority of the Government of Bermuda” have a ring of finality about them, as if a statement is being made to a larger audience, or am I trying to read too much into it.
Readers of the this blog will know that I am a supporter of the Blue Halo project and believe its economic worth is as good as its environmental worth.
This agreement is a small step, a larger step would be to embrace the Blue Halo concept. That would show true leadership – worldwide.
By the way, here is an interesting report: Sargasso Sea_Uniqueness_Illustration