HONOLULU – Similar to the network’s 6th meeting in Sydney, attendance was at an all time high for Big Ocean’s 8th gathering. Held in conjunction with the Think Tank on Human Dimensions, this meeting brought researchers from the field as guests for the morning session. The afternoon was a closed session where mangers and partners discussed everything from participation in the 2016 World Conservation Congress and providing additional support both e fundraising committee.
The highlight of the meeting was welcoming two new member sites: Palau National Marine Sanctuary (represented by Keobel Sakuma), and Parque Marino Nazca-Desventuradas (Chile, represented by Gustavo san Martin). The network also hosted a site on the verge of receiving official legal establishment––the Kermedec Ocean Sanctuary. Graciously represented by Rachel Hyde, Big Ocean members hope this site will be able to take a permanent seat at the table very soon.