Dr. Jennifer Smith has just returned from a research cruise, quantifying the structure of coral reefs around the island of Barbuda, to support the Blue Halo Initiative. This project is a comprehensive ocean zoning project launched in collaboration with local government and the Waitt Foundation with a goal to better manage ocean resources sustainably.
The Blue Halo Concept:
Comprehensive ocean zoning and sustainable management of fisheries that:
1. Is based on the best available scientific, social, and economic data,
2. Heavily engages the community in the planning process,
3. Minimizes impact on fishing livelihoods, and
4. Includes sanctuary zones (no fishing) to conserve fish populations and habitats.
To learn more about the Blue Halo Initiative, check it out here!