Blue Halo Initiative – Curaçao
Waitt Institute Blue Halo Initiative – Ocean management in the Caribbean will leap forward thanks to a new partnership between the government of Curaçao and the Waitt Institute. This collaboration is part of the first wave of geographic expansion of the Institute’s Blue Halo Initiative, which started on Barbuda in 2012. The Blue Halo Initiative in Barbuda led to groundbreaking, comprehensive new laws for the coastal waters around the island. Repeating those efforts with Blue Halo Curaçao will raise the bar for sustainable ocean policy around the world.
Honorable Dr. Bernard Whiteman, Minister of Health, Environment and Nature said, “We are convinced that ocean management is the future of our existence, not only for fisheries but for our health. The ocean is something we have to cherish and protect very well.”
“The Blue Halo Initiative coming to Curaçao will allow us to design and trial entirely new management approaches to protect Caribbean reefs,” remarked Dr. Mark Vermeij, Science Director of Curaçao’s Carmabi Foundation.
Mr. Faisal Dilrosun, Senior Advisor on Health, Environment and Nature for the Curaçao government, describes the initiative as “a unique opportunity to create an up-to-date policy for ocean use for the many users, stakeholders and community of Curaçao, which will result in sustainable and responsible use of our marine resources.”