Draft Sanctuaries and Mooring Areas Proposed in Barbuda

On October 1, 2013, Stakeholders gathered at the Fisheries Complex in Barbuda to draft a marine spatial plan, including no-take sanctuaries and mooring areas around the island. Borrowing draft proposals and concepts for no-take sanctuaries and mooring areas developed by individual stakeholders, representatives from the Fisheries Department and the National Parks Department, a stakeholder group worked to refine a comprehensive marine spatial plan for Barbuda's waters, from the shoreline out to 3 nautical miles.

Chad Burt and Will McClintock used SeaSketch to capture stakeholder ideas in the form of sketches (e.g., proposed boundaries for sanctuaries and mooring areas) and messages posted to a public forum.

 Messages posted by Chad and will record stakeholder comments during a meeting. 

Messages posted by Chad and will record stakeholder comments during a meeting. 

By the end of the evening, the stakeholders in attendance were unanimously in support of a proposal that included 10 zones (6 no-take sanctuaries and 4 mooring areas). This proposal would protect 36% of Barbuda's oceanic waters and 87% of the lagoon, including over 32% of all key habitats and as much as 57% of the patch reefs. This would be a huge step in creating sustainable populations of conch, lobster and fish upon which the whole island depends on for food and income.

 Real-time evaluation of the plan generated by stakeholders. 

Real-time evaluation of the plan generated by stakeholders. 

We will continue to meet with stakeholders, community members and the Barbuda Council this week with the ultimate objective of implementing this plan by December 20, 2013!

Will McClintock

Dr. Will McClintock is a Project Scientist at the University of California Santa Barbara and former Director of the MarineMap Consortium. He received a B.A. in Biology from Earlham College, M.S. in Behavioral Ecology from the University of Cincinnati, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has participated in over a dozen marine spatial planning initiatives around the world.