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Bermuda's deeper forereef dominated by corals

BREAM is working up the data from the 24 deep reef video surveys we carried out last year using the RV Endurance and the drop-camera system we designed and built with funding provided by the UK Overseas Territories Environmental Programme. Preliminary results, and photographs such as the one above, indicate that coral cover is high, diseases are rare and the 150-sq km habitat between 30-40m depth remains in good ecological health.

Zebra Slug (Hypselodoris zebra)


Bermuda Environmental Charter

The Environmental Charter of Bermuda is a commitment between the United Kingdom and the Government of Bermuda to recognize the critical importance of a healthy environment to the welfare and future survival of Bermudians.

The United Kingdom Overseas Territories Conservation Forum posts the Environmental Charter for all overseas territories on it's website:

The text of the Bermuda Environmental Charter is below:


Guiding principles

For the UK government, for the government of Bermuda∗ and for the people of Bermuda.

1.) To recognise that all people need a healthy environment for their well-being and livelihoods and that all can help to conserve and sustain it.
2.) To use out natural resources wisely, being fair to present and future generations.
3.) To identify environmental opportunities, costs and risks in all policies and strategies.
4.) To seek expert advice and consult openly with interested parties on …

A comprehensive map of all BREAM survey sites


A list of all the data we collect when we survey a coral reef

Coral Species assessed Agaricia fragilis Diploria strigosa Diploria labyrinthiformis Favia fragum Porites astreoides Porites porites Montastraea frankesi Montastraea faveolata Montastraea cavernosa Isophyllia sinuosa Stephanocoenia intercepta Dichocoenia stokesi Millepora alcicornis Madracis auretenra Madracis decactis Scolymia cubensis Siderastrea radians Oculina varicosa Meandrina meandrites
Fishes assessed Angelfish / French Angelfish / Gray Angelfish / Queen Angelfish / Rock Beauty Bermuda Species / Barred Hamlet Bermuda Species / Beaugregory/Cocoa Damselfish Bermuda Species / Blue Angelfish Bermuda Species / Bluehead Wrasse Bermuda Species / Chub Bermuda Species / Clown Wrasse Bermuda Species / Diadema Bermuda Species / Gray Triggerfish Bermuda Species / Lionfish Bermuda Species / Puddingwife Bermuda Species / Saucereye Porgy Bermuda Species / Scrawled Filefish Bermuda Species / Seargent Major Bermuda Species / Sharpnose Puffer Bermuda Species / Slippery Dick Bermuda Species / Threespot Damselfish Bermuda Species / Town…

The Official BREAM theme song!

The "Not the Um Um" Players - belting out the BREAM song... apparently written in honour of the Friends of Fish and their efforts that get fishpots banned in Bermuda back in the 1990s.

New BREAM posters


Previous BREAM news articles in the Royal Gazette re-linked

Below are restored links to BREAM news articles in the Royal Gazette from 2000 to 2009 that were lost when the newspaper changed their website.Bermuda's reef healthy despite global warmingcoral reefs to continue thriving while others have succumbed to the effects of global warming and El Nino.
DATE: May 22, 2000Giving the ocean a medicalA new project launched by the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo will help pinpoint the healthiest areas of the ocean that surround the Island. Today is World Oceans Day and along with the Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping (BREAM)...
DATE: June 08, 2004Bermuda could be a 'Noah's Ark' for reefsBermuda's coral reefs are in such good shape compared to the Caribbean that they could be used as a "Noah's Ark" to re-populate destroyed reefs elsewhere. That was the positive news from Dr. Thad Murdoch of Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS), who is...
DATE: July 01, 2008Coral reefs are Bermuda's 'crown jewels…

The Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping Programme


Scientist fears for the world’s coral reefs | Bermuda NEWS