Building Marine Reserve Networks to Fit Multiple Needs: An Introduction to Marine Spatial Planning Using SeaSketch

Marine spatial planning is growing in use as a tool to aid management efforts in coastal and ocean systems. In this exercise, we briefly review the history and rationale behind marine spatial planning and consider its relationship to and use in ecosystem-based management. We then outline an activity that introduces students to marine spatial planning through the use of SeaSketch (https://www.seasketch.org/home.html). SeaSketch is a web-based program that allows users to create, analyze, and compare how marine protected areas and networks contribute to achieving conservation goals. Building on the use of SeaSketch to engage stakeholders in the creation of reserve networks off the island of Barbuda, students use a SeaSketch training environment to create networks of marine protected areas that meet habitat protection goals and consider how these networks impact local species and human fishing value. After creating and analyzing individual networks, students engage in small- and large-group discussions to consider and compare alternative plans and decide on final choices. At each of these levels, students can compare their chosen plans to the zoning regulations that were approved in Barbuda. A supplementary PowerPoint presentation accompanies the exercise. 

See also:
Marine Protected Areas and MPA Networks
Marine Reserves and Local Fisheries-an Interactive Simulation
Introduction to Marine Conservation Biology

Themes: Conservation Tools, Conservation Management

Language: English

Region: Caribbean

Keywords: marine, Marine Protected Areas, modeling, stakeholders

Components: 4

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Recommended Resource: Barbuda Post Hurricane Irma Marine Assessment

Source: Waitt Institute

Supplement the exercise below with this video: in September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused catastrophic damage to the Island of Barbuda, forcing residents to evacuate to the neighboring Island of Antigua. In this video, Mr. Ruleo Camacho of the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Health and Environment discusses what he has seen during his initial assessment of the damage from the Category 5 hurricane as well as signs of recovery by corals and mangroves.


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Exercise: Building Marine Reserve Networks to Fit Multiple Needs: An Introduction to Marine Spatial Planning Using SeaSketch

Author: J. Stephen Gosnell, Will McClintock, Minkyung Lee

   

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Author: J. Stephen Gosnell, Will McClintock, Minkyung Lee

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Author: J. Stephen Gosnell, Will McClintock, Minkyung Lee


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