Cabinet has approved the appointment of three international experts to the Sargasso Sea Commission.

DCI Photo: Tammy Warren

The three incoming Commissioners are Dr Tammy Warren, the Senior Marine Resources Officer for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (serving a second term); Canadian Senator Wilfred Moore, QC and Frederico Cardigos of the Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs for the Government of the Azores.

A spokesperson said: “They will each serve a three-year term in their personal capacity.

“The Sargasso Sea Commission was established by the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea which was designed in Bermuda in March 2014.

Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown said the Ministry is pleased to be leading the work, “which has already established itself as a unique and important player in its work for the conservation of the Sargasso Sea”.

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr David Freestone said: “These appointments further strengthen the team of individuals within the Commission and we are delighted to have the continued support of Bermuda, Canada and the Azores.”

The Commission’s formal role is to act as the steward of this iconic high seas ecosystem and to keep its health, productivity and resilience under review, as well as to develop safeguard measures for its conservation.

As of January, the nine Signatory Governments to the Hamilton Declaration include the Azores, the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, the Cayman Islands, the Principality of Monaco, the UK and the US.