Waitt Institute


The Waitt Institute mission is to ensure ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable use of ocean resources. The Institute partners with governments committed to developing and implementing comprehensive, science-based, community-driven solutions for sustainable ocean management. Our goal is to benefit coastal communities while restoring fish populations and habitats. Our approach is to engage stakeholders, provide the tools needed to design locally appropriate policies, facilitate the policymaking process, and build capacity for effective implementation and long-term success.

The institute's signature project, the Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative, empowers the people of Barbuda to restore their coastal waters by developing a Sustainable Coastal Policy that is based on science, supports coastal and fishing livelihoods, deeply involves and encourages stakeholder participation, and includes the creation of sanctuary zones (closed to fishing) in order to replenish fish populations and restore a healthy ecosystem around the island of Barbuda.

This Initiative is the pilot for the new work of the Waitt Institute, and we are committed to replicating this science-based, community-driven approach by partnering with an additional government every year. For more information on this project, please visit the Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative website.