Formed in 2011, the Bermuda Marine Debris Taskforce is a coalition of scientific and environmental organizations with the following goals:
- To promote awareness of the impact of marine debris on Bermuda, oceans, coastlines and marine life
- To assess the quantity of marine debris, including tar, stranding on Bermuda’s coastline and beaches
- To develop advocacy initiatives to reduce Bermuda’s contribution to the marine debris problem
The Bermuda National Trust is a member of the Marine Debris Taskforce, along with a variety of other local organisations including Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce, the Bermuda Turtle Project, Keep Bermuda Beautiful, Greenrock, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science, the Bermuda Aquarium Museum & Zoo, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and others. For more information on the Taskforce, including how to participate in upcoming cleanups and projects, visit the Marine Debris Taskforce Facebook page.
in 2012 ten local non-governmental and environmental groups collaborated to raise awareness on the island about the importance of protecting the Sargasso Sea.
Through scientific research, education and community outreach, the Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea (BASS) aims to support efforts by the Sargasso Sea Alliance led by the Bermuda government to establish the Sargasso Sea as a high-seas marine protected area (MPA).
BASS members include the Atlantic Conservation Partnership, the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Science (BIOS), the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI), the Bermuda National Trust, the Bermuda Audubon Society, Greenrock, the Bermuda Sloop Foundation, the National Museum of Bermuda, the Look-Bermuda Education Foundation, and the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS).
For more information on BASS download the brochure here.