The Sargasso Sea Marine Protected Area:
A Unique Scientific and Conservation Opportunity for Bermuda and our Shared Environment
Oceanographer Sylvia Earle has called the Sargasso Sea the "golden floating rainforest of the Atlantic Ocean." Consisting of drifting mats of Sargassum seaweed, it covers nearly five-million square kilometres of ocean, bounded by the Gulf Stream and other currents that constantly shift its position.
ACP and our sister charity Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) established a union of local environmental groups to help save the Sargasso Sea. The Bermuda Alliance for the Sargasso Sea (BASS) supports efforts of the Sargasso Sea Commission, led by the Bermuda government and its international partners to establish the Sargasso Sea as a high-seas protected area through research, education and community awareness.
The Commission and Signatories reviewed the overarching goals agreed upon at the First Joint Meeting in October 2014 and endorsed the current overarching goals:
(1) Promote international recognition of the unique ecological and biological nature and global significance of the Sargasso Sea.
(2) Encourage scientific research to expand existing knowledge of the Sargasso Sea ecosystem in order to further assess its health, productivity and resilience.
(3) Develop proposals for submission to existing regional, sectoral and international organizations to promote the objectives of the Hamilton Declaration.