News Release HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) is excited to announce that our 2023 series of ‘Island SOS’ Talks conclude this Sunday, October 1st at 3pm in the Tradewinds Auditorium (wheelchair accessible).

Running monthly, ‘BUEI Talks: Island SOS’ aims to highlight forward-thinking ocean development strategies from islands across the globe. Typically focusing on a singular island nation and topic ranging from ideas of sustainable tourism to zero waste management, this month’s talk will consist of a Panel Discussion between past presenters from our 2022 and 2023 series. The discussion will be hosted by local scholar and activist William Campbell. During the Panel Discussion, presenters will also give an update on their respective Sustainable Ocean Strategies since presenting in the ISOS series.

Presenters include: Lanya Fanovitch of Trinidad and Tobago. Fanovitch is a Senior Ecologist of the Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC), of Tobago. ERIC is an organisation that works towards sustainability for the people and ecosystems of Northeast Tobago.

Ludovic Burnsis of Easter Island (Rapa Nui). Burnsis the Executive Director of a community-led organisation called ‘Te Mau o te Vaikava’ which aims to prioritise the conservation of Rapa Nui’s local Marine Protected Area.

Sue Neureuter of the Noises Islands. Neureuter is one of three custodians of The Noises Islands, a chainof islands and rock stacks located off the coast of theNorth Island of New Zealand, within the northeastregion of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park (or Ko te Pataka kai o Tikapa Moana Te Moananui a Toiin Māori). Composed of 130-million-year-old Jurassic greywackerock, The Noises are home to an incredible range of sea birds, invertebrates, reptiles and indigenous vegetation.

Dr Paul Brickle of the Falkland Islands. Dr Brickle is the Chief Executive Officer of the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI). Established in 2012, SAERI aims to be a world-class research institute that teaches students and builds capacity within and between the South Atlantic Overseas Territories as well as globally through three focal areas: Ecosystems, Earth Science, and Remote Sensing and Data.

Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, Executive Director of the Bahamas Reef Environment Foundation(BREEF). BREEF is an organisation dedicated to educating Bahamians and visitors about the importance of protecting the coral reefs that safeguard the island.

Lavern Ryan of Montserrat. Mrs Ryan founded her company LRR Geospatial Consultancy with the aspiration of sharing the benefits of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) with a wider audience. She is also a GIS Manager within the Ministry of Agriculture, Land, Housing, and the Environment, in Montserrat and has been working in the field of GIS for almost 20 years.

Locals Fae Sapsford, a Science Communicator and Marine Research Fellow at the Sargasso Sea Commission (SSC) and JP Skinner will also be presenting and speaking about local Sustainable OceanStrategies! Fae will discuss the ecology of the Sargasso Sea, its connections to Bermuda, how it is governed, and how it can be sustainably managed through international mechanisms. JP Skinner will discuss Waterstart’s ‘Shellfish Restoration Project’, which aims to monitor and assess the remaining shellfish populations around Burt Island in Bermuda.

“We are delighted to welcome back presenters from the Island SOS series for a discussion with other passionate scientists, activists, and experts,” said CEO Karla Lacey. “This series on sustainable ocean strategies has been an invaluable platform for raising awareness of projects underway on island locations around the globe, and for highlighting the important work being done to protect the health of island nations.”

Tickets for this instalment of BUEI Talks: ‘Island SOS’ are FREE and will take place in person and will also be live-streamed on BUEI’s YouTube. To avoid disappointment, please reserve your place by phoning our Oceans Gift Shop on 294-2024. There will also be a live Q&A with the audience at the end of the event. BUEI Talks: Island SOS is made possible by the generosity of Chubb, the exclusive sponsor for the series.