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The Blue Halo Initiative is a collaboration between the Waitt Institute and partner governments to envision, create, and implement comprehensive sustainable ocean policies.

"Blue Halo" describes the waters encircling an island where ocean resources are managed for sustainability, profitability, and enjoyment."

Waitt Institute
provides the toolkit

  • Community consultation
  • Stakeholder survey
  • Ecological assessment
  • Habitat mapping
  • Education and outreach
  • Zoning analysis
  • Policy development
  • Legal analysis and drafting
  • Enforcement support
  • Scientific monitoring
  • Financial planning
  • Building local capacity

Partner governments
provide the will

  • Vocal, non-partisan endorsement from Government
  • Active support from Ministries and civil service
  • Commitment to developing a sustainable ocean policy
  • Creation of a dedicated fund to finance implementation
  • Lead public consultation process

Our Approach

Science-based

Everything we do is grounded in science, starting with scientific assessments of the marine habitats and fisheries, continuing with policy recommendations, and ongoing monitoring.

Community-driven

We listen hard to community priorities and concerns, through consultation meetings and stakeholder interviews. This input informs development and implementation of ocean policies.

Balanced

The Blue Halo Initiative is not just about conservation, it’s about sustainable use that benefits coastal livelihoods and maintains coastal cultures.

Collaborative

We partner directly with island Governments and collaborate with community groups, stakeholders, businesses, scientists, and non-profit organizations.

Example Site Timeline

YEAR 1
  • Community consultations
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Ecological assessment
  • Habitat mapping
  • Outreach and education
  • Zoning map drafted
  • Legal analysis and drafting
YEAR 2
  • New ocean laws passed
  • Implementation plan completed
  • Build local enforcement capacity
  • Financing plan completed
  • Start scientific monitoring
  • Ongoing outreach and education
YEAR 2
YEARS
3 & 4
  • Track implementation & enforcement
  • Ongoing scientific monitoring
  • Ongoing outreach and education
LONG TERM
  • Site at full capacity for implementation & enforcement
  • Ongoing scientific monitoring
  • Ongoing outreach and education
  • Healthier ecosystems
  • Improved coastal livelihoods
LONG TERM
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What is Blue Halo?
“Blue Halo” describes the waters encircling an island where ocean resources are managed for sustainability, profitability, and enjoyment.