8th Network Business Meeting

8th Business Meeting September 6, 2016 Honolulu, Hawaiʻi Held in conjunction with the 2016 World Conservation Congress Big Ocean members convened for an interim meeting in order to further the network’s highest priority objectives and activities and set the foundation for fundraising and participation at 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4), to be held in La […]

7th Network Business Meeting


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 […]

Think Tank Participation


THINK TANK REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you have questions or need assistance please contact Big Ocean. WHAT: 3-day Think Tank on the Human Dimensions of Large Scale Marine Protected Areas PURPOSE: To bring together a diverse community of managers, cultural practitioners, policy-makers, donors, and scholars to explore the social, cultural, political, institutional, and economic considerations and […]

6th Network Business Meeting • Sydney, Australia


Membership within Big Ocean more than doubled between the 5th and 6th business meetings. Not only did this underscore the relevance of the network for members, as managers and partners came together on 11 November just prior to the start of the 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, the tone of the day became was one of camaraderie and […]

Human Dimensions Think Tank


HONOLULU––Given the rapid and recent growth in designation of Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas (LSMPAs) and the potential challenges associated with creation and ongoing management, it is both timely and important to convene a “think tank” to explore the social, cultural, political, institutional, and economic considerations and priorities––the human dimensions––of these sites. Scheduled for 8-10 February 2016 […]

7th Network Business Meeting


7th Business Meeting February 11-12, 2016 Honolulu, Hawaiʻi Held in conjunction with the Human Dimensions Think Tank     Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. For questions or to connect with Big Ocean, please contact naia@bigoceanmanagers.org  

Synergies in Marine Conservation–a Big Ocean Mix & Mingle Event

Mix & Mingle WPC

In conjunction with  the  2014 World Parks Congress, Big Ocean hosted–Synergies in Marine Conservation–an event, co-sponsored by New England Aquarium, Conservation International & the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The event was a fun, informal opportunity to connect with colleagues involved in protection of large scale, high seas, marine mammal protected areas, locally managed marine areas, and […]

5th Network Business Meeting


    Big Ocean will convene its fifth business meeting in conjunction with the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) hosted by l’Agence des Aires Marines Protégées (AAMP) being held in Marseilles, France 21-27 October, 2013.  In lieu of the standard Learning Exchange, Big Ocean will host a consultative workshop on the Guidelines for the […]

2012 World Conservation Congress Workshop & Knowledge Cafe


Big Ocean is hosting both a Workshop and Knowledge Cafe at the 2012 WCC. The titles, dates and times are below. For additional information on the sessions, please click the links provided to access the IUCN website and the full proposal text. No. 0841 WORKSHOP Size Matters: Scaling Up Marine Protection Across the Globe 8 […]