The Blue Halo Initiative of the Waitt Institute sets out to empower communities to restore their oceans, and use ocean resources sustainably, profitably, and enjoyably for this and future generations. This is done by partnering with governments, communities, and scientists to create and implement ocean policies, including sustainable fishing practices and comprehensive ocean zoning. The Waitt Institute provides the toolkit, and the partner governments provide the political will. The Blue Halo Initiative deeply engages stakeholders in a science-based, community-driven approach.The Waitt Institute works with committed governments and communities who understand the need for, and benefits of, managing fisheries sustainably. We contract technical experts to work with us at Initiative sites, such as Environmental Law Institute (legal analysis and drafting), Sustainable Fisheries Group at UCSB (fisheries research and modeling), NOVA (habitat mapping), SeaSketch (community-based mapping and zoning analysis), Daryn Deluco (film), and The Brandling (graphic design).