Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Waitt Institute?

    The Waitt Institute is the operational arm of the Waitt Foundation. The Institute partners with governments and communities to provide technical assistance for sustainable ocean management. The Waitt Institute is a non-profit organization based in San Diego, California and was founded in 2005 by Ted Waitt (co-founder of Gateway, Inc.).


  • What is the difference between the Waitt Institute and the Waitt Foundation?

    Both the Waitt Institute and Waitt Foundation were founded and are funded by Mr. Ted Waitt to address pressing ocean issues. The Institute does conservation, while the Foundation funds conservation. Priorities of the Institute are ocean zoning and sustainability of small-scale fisheries. The Foundation’s funding priorities are creating, strengthening, and expanding marine protected areas (MPAs) as a fisheries management tool, and promoting sustainable fishing solutions broadly.


  • What is the Blue Halo Initiative?

    The Blue Halo Initiative refers to the partnerships between the Waitt Institute and governments. The Waitt Institute currently has three partnerships; Blue Halo Barbuda, Blue Halo Curaçao, and Blue Halo Montserrat. The Initiatives  empower communities to restore their oceans, and use ocean resources sustainably, profitably, and enjoyably for this and future generations. Our goal is to create and implement enforceable ocean policies, including sustainable fishing practices and marine spatial planning. The Blue Halo Initiative deeply engages stakeholders in a science-based, community-driven approach.


  • How does the Waitt Institute choose Blue Halo Initiative sites?

    We work where our help is wanted and needed. The Waitt Institute selects Blue Halo sites based on the level of political will (bipartisan and at the highest levels) and stakeholder support for working to create and implement sustainable ocean policies. We also consider other factors such as population, economy, status of marine resources, and safety.


  • Where is the Waitt Institute headed next?

    We have some ideas, but we’d love to hear from you. If you and/or your government are interested in partnering with the Waitt Institute, please contact us.


  • How can I keep updated about Waitt Institute activities and news?

    To stay up to date with the Waitt Institute, follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Please also sign up for our Newsletter, don’t hesitate to contact us directly, and visit the press page.