Dr Kevin Mayall is Bermuda’s first Nearshore Marine Spatial Planning Coordinator. *Photo supplied
Dr Kevin Mayall is Bermuda’s first Nearshore Marine Spatial Planning Coordinator. *Photo supplied

The island’s dedication to marine conservation has been boosted with the hire of Dr Kevin Mayall by the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.

Dr Mayall is the island’s first Nearshore Marine Spatial Planning Coordinator.

The development of a comprehensive nearshore zoning plan for the Bermuda platform is a proactive approach to managing coastal ecosystems that support a variety of activities such as fishing, tourism and boating.

Dr Mayall will be called upon to serve as a key contact and facilitator for the zoning process.

He will also serve as a liaison between BIOS — where he will be a full-time staff member — and the Bermuda Government, using the scientific resources available through BIOS to inform the marine spatial planning process and outcomes.

Dr Mayall said: "I am very excited for the opportunity to assist BIOS, the Government, and Bermuda in this important initiative.

“Bermuda's marine environment faces increasing attention from conservation and industry, necessitating a balanced and sustainable approach to marine planning.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with Government departments, local and overseas scientists, commercial interests, conservation groups and the general public to create a positive plan to maintain a healthy and productive relationship between Bermuda and the marine environment."