On August 16, 2013, the Barbuda Council used SeaSketch to visualize and analyze geospatial information about the distribution of resources and human activities in and around the 3 nm boundary of Barbuda waters.
The proposal provides for 6 sanctuaries - 5 oceanic and 1 in the lagoon - that permanently close fishing of any kind in a total of 38% of Barbuda waters. We are now consulting with stakeholders in public meetings and one-on-one to solicit reactions and alternate ideas.
Using simple drawing tools, council members authored draft maps in a two-hour meeting. Sketches were immediately evaluated to determine whether they met science and policy guidelines for ecosystem protection and minimizing impacts to fishermen on the island.
A public discussion forum in SeaSketch was used to post these ideas and solicit feedback from citizens of Barbuda. Alternate ideas, criticisms and support for this "straw-man" proposal will be recorded in the discussion forum and reviewed by the council 4 days later.
Stakeholders also used sketching tools to author modified versions of the council proposal and evaluate them using the reporting and analytical features in SeaSketch.