News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – Yesterday, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Walter Roban, gave the keynote address at the Sargasso Sea Sanctuary Workshop held onboard Greenpeace’s ship Arctic Sunrise, berthed on Front Street, Hamilton.

As part of Greenpeace’s global initiative to advocate for ocean sanctuaries, the visit is a critical component of their worldwide endeavour to have nations ratify the UN High Seas Treaty—a landmark agreement towards the collective goal of protecting at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. And so recognized for its unique ecological and biological significance, the Sargasso Sea is one of the priority sites Greenpeace is campaigning to protect under this treaty. Moreover, as the only land mass within the Sargasso Sea, Bermuda is critical to this endeavour. The workshop aims to kickstart Greenpeace’s campaign to rally global support for the protection of the Sargasso Sea upon the treaty’s enactment.

In a dynamic keynote address, Deputy Premier Roban expressed the pride Bermudians hold in the Hamilton Declaration of 2014 and in advocating the recognition of the Sargasso Sea’s significance and the need for its conservation.  

Deputy Roban explained, “As the only landmass in the Sargasso Sea, it is incumbent on Bermuda, whenever possible, to take the lead or support any endeavours that work toward protecting not just the oceans but our very own backyard. To that end, we remain committed to advancing discussions toward creating a High Seas Marine Protected Area in the Sargasso Sea.”