The Principles, Goals, and Objectives for Bermuda’s Marine Spatial Plan [MSP], approved by the BOPP Steering Committee, is now available to be viewed by the public.

A spokesperson said, “The Principles, Goals, and Objectives define the purpose and desired results of Bermuda’s MSP. To view the document please visit here.

“Marine Spatial Planning is a science-based and stakeholder-driven process to manage ocean space to reduce user conflict, support a thriving blue economy, and prioritize environmental health and human well-being. The newly developed Principles, Goals, and Objectives will be used to guide Bermuda’s MSP creation and implementation.

“The planning process involved considerable stakeholder and government input. The BOPP Steering Committee released the initial Principles, Goals, and Objectives for stakeholder input through an online public survey in October 2020. Anyone was invited to participate in the survey. The majority of the feedback was received from the BOPP Ocean Village, a collection of industry and organization experts in the marine space, as well as through targeted consultations over several months.

“The Steering Committee reviewed all input on the draft Principles, Goals, and Objectives over the course of four 2-hour meetings in the spring of 2021. Discussion focused on considerations such as practicability, anticipated benefits, applicability, and the ability to strengthen current marine priorities. The BOPP Steering Committee is grateful for the cumulative 70 hours of discussion by the Ocean Village during the 4-month comment period.

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