Bermuda studies Atlantic's biggest marine reserve

August 13, 2013 | Environment
Blue Halo: Atlantic's biggest marine reserve

Officials from The Pew Charitable Trusts and Philippe Cousteau, one of underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau's grandsons, are urging Bermuda to create the Atlantic's biggest marine reserve.

The ambitious "Blue Halo" plan would create a vast reserve in ecologically rich waters to safeguard significant parts of the Sargasso Sea.

The Sargasso Sea is a two million-square-mile body of warm water that is a major habitat and nursery for numerous marine species.

The project would potentially start 50 miles from Bermuda's shore and ring the territory.

Bermuda's Ministry of Environment and Planning is going to study the Atlantic's biggest marine reserve concept and will undertake a public consultation to evaluate the views of the territory's population.

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